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NLRBA objects to paid parking on NL road

DIMAPUR, AUG 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/14/2018 12:30:41 PM IST

Nyamo Lotha Road Business Association (NLRBA) has objected to the decision of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Dimapur to initiate paid parking of Rs. 10 per hour for all categories of vehicles along Nyamo Lotha Road in Dimapur.

In a press note, NLRBA general secretary, Khekishe Aye, pointed out that at present autorickshaws were allowed entry only for specific hours making it difficult for common people to shop at NL Road. 

On top of that, it said if the vehicles were charged Rs 10 per hour for parking then that would affect the business along the stretch. Further, NLRBA stated that for businessmen, who arrive early morning and park their cars until late evening, would have to pay at least Rs 120-150 per day for parking tax, which it maintained would take a toll on their daily expenses.

It also stated that a commuter who stops only for a few minutes would have to shell out Rs 10, adding this would discourage the commuter to make a stopover along the stretch and instead opt for charge-free parking area elsewhere and shop there thereby affecting business activity at NL Road.

Describing RTA reason for initiating paid parking as “irrational”, the association the reason goes on to reflect that the traffic personnel deployed were not capable of ensuring smooth traffic and proper parking at the said road stretch.

It also contended that if at all parking tax was to be levied, why not the whole of Dimapur but only NL Road. “Is NL Road the only road where random parking and rush traffic is prevalent?” NLRBA queried.

In the light of the above, the NLRBA has appealed to the RTA to cancel the notification on paid parking as it would affect the business activity along NL Road.

It asked RTA to rather appeal the traffic personnel to ensure smooth traffic and proper parking “without creating unnecessary monetary burden on the public.”

 

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