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Exhibition Society vying for parking contract

Exhibition Society vying for parking contract
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There was a proposal to construct a multi-floor parking space inside the exhibition, but the project failed to take off. Visitors pay Rs 50 as parking fee for four-wheelers for the first hour and with the passing of an hour Rs 10 keeps adding to the total. For two-wheelers, Rs 20 is charged for the first hour and an extra Rs 5 per hour

There was a proposal to construct a multi-floor parking space inside the exhibition, but the project failed to take off. Visitors pay Rs 50 as parking fee for four-wheelers for the first hour and with the passing of an hour Rs 10 keeps adding to the total. For two-wheelers, Rs 20 is charged for the first hour and an extra Rs 5 per hour

In a first, the Exhibition Society, which is now in its 75th year, is seeking contract for parking lots at Gandhi Bhavan and Indira Bhavan that adjoin Exhibition grounds, which will be the nerve centre of the city for 45 days from January 1. The Exhibition Society has its own space inside the campus, but is reserved for VIPs. Outside the exhibition, there are about 15 parking spaces that are managed by private individuals. The housing board that owns spaces at Gruha Kalpa, the Intermediate Board and Handloom House gives contract to private individuals after calling for tenders.

Each year, the number of visitors swells tremendously by the second week, and there isn’t enough space for parking. Once the parking lots at the exhibition ground are filled, people just park their vehicles wherever they find space. This usually happens near Nampally Junior College, Nampally Railway Station, Public Gardens and the nearby State BJP office.

P Narotham Reddy, secretary, Exhibition Society, said, "We are trying our best to get the contract as there have been complaints of petrol theft, inadequate security checks and a lack of uniform structure for parking fee." There was a proposal to construct a multi-floor parking space inside the exhibition, but the project failed to take off. Visitors pay Rs 50 as parking fee for four-wheelers for the first hour and with the passing of an hour Rs 10 keeps adding to the total. For two-wheelers, Rs 20 is charged for the first hour and an extra Rs 5 per hour.

"We want to provide a hassle-free enjoyment to the visitors. If we manage to get the contract we will ensure that a reasonable fee is charged and take enough security measures," Narotham Reddy added.

Security tightened

The Exhibition Society has 12 CCTV cameras of its own and another 25 will be set up by a private agency. Members of the Exhibition Society say that they are not taking any chances.

By:T P Venu

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