Hyderabad: The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is working on establishing an automated parking fee collection system at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Imlibun to address the rising complaints from vehicle owners over exorbitant parking charges being collected by agencies. Though the parking fee at MGBS is charged on an hourly basis, a majority of vehicle owners complain that parking lot operating agencies are collecting exorbitant charges. The complaints pertaining to abnormal parking fee collection shoot up during weekends and festive occasions.
Every day, there are more than 1,000 two-wheelers and over 300 four-wheelers parked at MGBS, one of the biggest bus terminals in Asia. The TSRTC has fixed the parking fee (for two-wheelers) at Rs 5 for three hours, Rs 10 for 15 hours and Rs 20 for 24 hours. However, vehicle owners allege that these rates are hardly adhered to by the agencies operating the parking lots. “When asked, parking lot workers inform that the parking fee board is an old one and needs to be replaced. This is the state of affairs,” fumed Satyanarayana, a regular commuter at MGBS.
To address the menace, TSRTC is now planning to introduce an automated parking fee collection system at MGBS. This will be similar to the ones being used in malls and multiplex theatres in the city. Vehicle owners will have to pay on an hourly basis. Soon after crossing the parking toll gate, a slip is issued to the vehicle owner indicating the time of entry and exit and the parking fee will be collected depending on the number of hours the vehicle is parked in the lot, a senior official said. This will help in doing away with exorbitant parking fee collection, he said. While there are four parking lots on the MGBS premises, efforts are onto introduce the automated system at two lots on a trial basis. Tenders will be called for taking up the project shortly, he said.
Acknowledging the need to establish a similar system at the Jubilee Bus Station as well, the official said a decision will be taken depending on the success of the project at MGBS. The proposal, once introduced in MGBS, which caters to about 70,000 passengers every day, could make a huge difference, officials feel. The number of passengers during festivals usually crosses one lakh, with the number of vehicles coming to pick them up or drop them going up accordingly.