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June 19, 2006

Charged parking

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June 19, 2006

The Karachi city government has recently announced it is resuming charged parking from July 1. The previous nazim cancelled charged parking in the city after countless complaints against the private contractors who operated it. It became almost a mafia with motorists being overcharged all the time by unauthorised contractors in areas that were not part of the charged parking scheme. Also, contrary to the practice in civilised countries, there seemed to be no limit to charged parking and motorists were made to pay even on Sundays or public holidays.

Besides, one never got to see the fruits of the parking charge collection. Instead, the city’s road network was literally turned upside down, thanks mainly to unplanned road-digging and re-carpeting. People were made to pay for parking their vehicles on roads that were not only dangerous to drive on but also dangerous to walk. So it seemed quite certain that the money collected by the contractors and paid to the city government never really was of any benefit to the motoring public. The whole arrangement reeked of a non-serious disregard for organisation and for the considerations of the users, which is why ultimately it had to be shut down. The city government should give details on how the revived parking will be different now from what it was the past and exactly how the money collected from contractors will be used. Otherwise, people will only greet the revived arrangement as another gimmick to benefit a chosen few.

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