Parking wardens have been deployed to 1,600 parking units in Colombo City for the next six months until parking meters are fixed in the city, the Colombo Municipality yesterday said.
Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil said wardens of a private company had been deployed at the slots along the Duplication Road and Galle Road.
“Rs.10 will be charged from motorbikes per an hour, Rs. 20 from three-wheelers, Rs. 30 from vans and Rs. 50 will be charged from buses and lorries,” the mayor said.
He said the wardens had been deployed only on a temporary basis until parking metres were established. “The parking meters would be fixed within six months,” he said.
Earlier the CMC said that parking meters would be fixed along the Duplication and Galle Roads and all by-roads connecting the two main roads to minimize traffic congestion and to put an end to errant parking.
Tender for the pilot project had been awarded to a private company, which would conduct the project for the first time in Sri Lanka.
Director (Traffics) Nihal Wickremaratne said the project, which was to install 125 parking meters along both roads was scheduled to begin in January.
“It will take about six months for the project to be completed. Funds would be collected manually for several months before we rely completely on the meters,” he said.
The new system would have facilities for motorists to pay by cash, card or other payment systems.
“Forty percent of the income would be given to the Municipality, while the company would take the balance 60 percent,” he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
Comments - 8
Halapaya Tuesday, 05 January 2016 07:19 PM
Now everyone is going to park in small roads to ignore paying for parking!
Ben Sam Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:23 AM
Since there is no free parking private vans and buses carrying school children and office staff may enter nearby housing schemes
Dee Tuesday, 05 January 2016 01:41 PM
Very good move. Please charge from all. Afterall if we can spend 5 million on a car why not a few hundreds on parking.
lkboy Tuesday, 05 January 2016 01:46 PM
They have to go to meters quickly. As change money will be a problem.
ram Tuesday, 05 January 2016 02:28 PM
what about parking on private road. in wellawatte all the private roads are completely blocked by the vehicles parked. police and CMC not taking any action on parking on private road also, where no one have right to enter the private road other than right of way holders.
ABHA Tuesday, 05 January 2016 03:48 PM
I think Marine drive would be very rush soon until implementing paid parking.
Hari Tuesday, 05 January 2016 04:27 PM
“Forty percent of the income would be given to the Municipality, while the company would take the balance 60 percent,” Who owns the company ? Public ?
Ijaz Tuesday, 05 January 2016 04:29 PM
trespassing private property is illegal bro, if the road is owned by the residence then no has the right to trespass without permission
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