Special Squads To Check Illegal Parking & Fee Collection in City

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Bhubaneswar: The State government has formed Special squads to check illegal parking & fee collection in off-street areas of the State capital Bhubaneswar.

“Apart from designated sites, where BMC will levy fees for parking, other establishments can’t collect parking charges despite own parking slots inside & outside their premises,” said UD Minister Pratap Jena.

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has recently issued an order asking different establishments such as commercial buildings, shopping malls, multiplexes, hospitals apartments and housing projects to stop charging parking fees from visitors on the premises immediately, saying this practice is “not legal”.

“It has come to the notice of the BDA that different shopping malls, multiplexes and apartments are imposing parking charges/fees. This is not consistent with the provisions of the BDA (P&BS) regulations as well as the approved building plan and the developers/owners are hereby directed to stop the illegal practice of charging parking fees from the visitors, immediately,” the order stated.

Besides, it has come to notice of BDA that the parking area shown in the approved building plan is being used for purposes other than parking vehicles on some such buildings. Such misuse of parking is resulting in on-street parking and thereby adversely affecting the traffic movement on the public road.

The BDA (Planning & Building Standards) Regulations, 2018 prescribes that mandatory off-street parking shall be provided in commercial buildings.

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