Hyderabad: Expressing doubts about the reasons GHMC officials and police remain silent on the scamming of people by shopping malls, cinemas, hospitals, etc., with huge parking fees, the Telangana the high court took up the people’s case in public interest argument.
The tribunal, which has challenged city administration, town planning, disaster management, fire, police and labour, is set to ask them for answers on why they act as silent spectators despite the fact that they only granted the building permits after ensuring sufficient space for parking in each of these commercial establishments.
The high court named the GHMC commissioner and other wings as respondents in the current case DIPs and wants to know from them why they allow “parking fee loot” despite being given a clear instruction not to allow such a fee from visitors.
The case will return to hearing on Monday.
The building permit and permission to operate a business are granted only when the obligation to provide free parking space is provided to visitors.
Although they have the power to act against such wandering malls, the official machinery has gone into mute mode while commercial establishments charge heavy parking fees to visitors.
Judge Abhinand Kumar Shavili and Judge A Abhishek Reddy, members of the high court PIL committee, came across cases of high parking fees in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the state and ordered the registry to convert this matter to PIL and place it before a proper bench to decide the matter and to pass new guidelines to control unscrupulous commercial operators.