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The Telangana Government has recently taken a decision of waiving off the parking fee in malls and multiplexes. According to reports from ChaiBisket, all malls, multiplexes and commercial establishments across the city of Hyderabad and other urban areas will have to provide unconditional free parking for all customers for the first half hour.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department recently released a government order. This order is set to come into effect from the 1st April 2018.
Any customer using the parking space for a duration less than one hour, but more than 30 mins, will be required to produce a bill of items purchased at the respective commercial establishments. Other customers parking their vehicles for a period exceeding an hour should present a bill of purchased items greater than the parking bill to avail free parking.
The government's decision to provide free parking in commercial establishments across the city was mainly due to a writ petition filed by Vijay Gopal, a 29-year old social activist.
In the petition, Gopal complained about the inactivity by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) towards commercial activities taking place in such said establishments for charging visitors and customers with extra money for parking spaces.
Gopal said that the malls and multiplexes were minting money by collecting parking fee from visitors and customers. The exorbitantparking charges along with the addition of GST taxes made him stand up and take action against this practice.
Gopal with the help of two advocates, Sheelu Raj and Satish Kumar Pendyala argued against the collection of parking fee across various commercial complexes, while also stating that they had no authority to impose such fees on the public.
Advocate, Satish Kumar Pendyala, has already filed two PILs earlier regarding the same issue, with a third PIL finally making a difference.
Thoughts On The Parking Fee Being Waived Off In Malls
Vijay Gopal, Shelu Raj and Satish Kumar Pendyala have worked tirelessly against the illegal collection of parking fee by various commercial establishments.
Parking fees in malls, multiplexes and other such establishments will be free for the first half hour from 1st April. Parking fees in other areas such as airports, railway stations and bus stations will remain unchanged and customers will have to pay a fee in such places.