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Despite action, illegal parking lots continue in Gurugram

Gurugram: Despite stern action by authorities, the parking mafia has again revived in Gurugram. Those who are being fleeced are mostly commuters from Sector-29 and MG road who are forced to pay 40% more amount than what is prescribed by the municipal standards. It has also come to the notice of the officials that there has been a revival of people using the fake identity who are demanding more than the prescribed amount of parking fee in commercial sectors of 29, 44 and 56 that witnesses number of traffic.

According to records, the city has just seven authorised parking lots. Five of these are operated by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) in sectors 16, 14, 29, 32 and 44 while two are run by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. Many parking lots, like the ones in Sector 29, MG Road, Galleria Market, Qutab Plaza and Arjun Marg, are illegal with no checks on the rates they charge by any government agency. Though the average rate is Rs 10-20, commuters end up paying Rs 40 -100 to the mafia. With the city reeling under the challenges of traffic mismanagement and lack of walking spaces, various campaigns have been launched to remove encroachments from the footpaths.

"In the social media of Gurugram Police, the Police receive maximum complaints on traffic challenges in the city. Most of the citizens have complained that wrongly parked vehicles are one of the major causes of traffic problems in the city," said a senior official from Gurugram police.

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