Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Shopping Mall challenges free parking

Gujarat high court’s directions to malls and multiplexes regarding collecting parking charges have not gone down well with the mall owners with one of them from Vadodara challenging the order before a division bench.

Vadodara’s Inorbit Malls (India) Pvt Ltd has moved the HC against the general directions issued by the single-judge bench on October 17 that the malls and multiplex would provide free parking to visitors for first one hour. Later, they can charge Rs 30 for four-wheelers and Rs 10 for two-wheelers at the most per day.

The appellant has contended that in absence of any policy or norms, the court ought not to have passed directions on collection of parking charges by private commercial complexes. The mall management seems to have objection to the cap put by the high court on parking charges. 

The HC has directed the state government to form parking policy, for the government was insisting that the malls and multiplexes should not be allowed to collect parking charges. The police commissioners of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat cities had issued notices to the malls and multiplexes asking them to stop levying parking fees. The HC has, however, quashed these notices. A bench headed by the chief justice is likely to hear the appeal on Wednesday.

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