Visitors have hardly got any relief from overcharging at the multi-level parking lot of the mini-secretariat on Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, even during Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure. The fleecing of visitors is going on in broad daylight at a parking lot that is located just a stone’s throw away from the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner’s office. The prescribed parking fee for two-wheeler is Rs10 and for four-wheeler Rs 20 at the parking site from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The contractor is supposed to issue a ticket with a machine, but he is issuing manual tickets.
The parking ticket shows Rs 11.80 as a fee, including Rs 1.80 as 18 percent GST, for parking two-wheelers, but visitors are asked to pay Rs 15. Besides, four-wheelers are asked to pay Rs 30. Visitors asked as to why GST was being charged from them on prescribed parking fee. They asked the authorities to make it clear if it was included in the terms and conditions that they will have to pay 18 percent GST with fixed parking fee. A visitor said: “I gave them Rs 12 for parking my scooter after reading Rs 11.80 on the slip issued to me, but the parking staff refused to accept Rs 12. They asked me to pay Rs15. It is sheer harassment. It seems they have no fear of the district administration. If Rs 10 is fixed parking fee for a two-wheeler, then why are the visitors being charged extra for GST?”