Jamshedpur : Chakradharpur railway division has appointed a new parking contractor at the Tatanagar railway station. People visiting station will not have to worry about the safety of vehicles. Railway officials informed that a local private contract firm M/s. Deep Enterprises will look after the vehicles from now. In the absence of appointment of a private contractor for about a year or so people were parking their vehicles outside the railway station at their own risk.
The new contract firm which was appointed for three months with provisions of renewal after every three months implemented parking fees for different categories of vehicles. For the last one year people were not required to pay any parking fee.
A representative of Deep Enterprises said that for bikes they have fixed a parking fee of Rs 5 for six hours. Similarly, car owners are required to pay Rs 15 as parking fee for six hours while for auto-rickshaws Rs 10 has been fixed as parking fee.
At present, the parking area has a capacity to accommodate 500 cars, 300 autos and about 8,000 two-wheelers. The area, at any given time of the day, is chock-a-block with vehicles. An official of railway’s commercial department said that the private contractor bagged the tender for Rs 23.46 lakh which is subjected to renewal after every three months.
Notably, the contract for the parking lot before was bagged by one Anil Kumar Singh of Baridih in November. The Chakradharpur railway division was hunting for a regular agency which can look after the affairs of the parking lot. In the last four months, tenders were floated twice but not a single bidder responded. Last year, a similar situation had arisen when employees of the railway’s commercial department, who used to man the parking area, refused to do the job.
They cited harassment by vandals and rogue auto-rickshaw drivers. At that time the railways issued a “Parking at your own risk” signage. The Chakradharpur railway division took charge of the parking lot about nine months ago, once the term of the private contractor expired. During the past nine months, bike-lifters have had almost a free run at the station. Finally, after several vehicle thefts were reported from the parking area, the railways was forced to concede that it was unable to run the service as efficiently as the private contractor used to.