Higher parking charges at Hbj Rly Station upsets passengers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2018 10:03:27

Staff Reporter

Higher parking fee at Habibganj railway station is costing the passengers more price than any other private parking slots in city. Passengers boarding a train from nearby districts are facing burden of heavy parking fee as in many cases rent of a room set in city is far cheaper than the monthly parking fees at Habibganj railway station.

Nitesh Dubey, a resident of Jatkhedi said, “I lives in Bhopal but my job is there in Vidisha so I park my vehicle at Habibganj railway station for convenient. I have to shell out Rs 1,000 per month which is more than the auto charges. Now I prefer to move through private transportation instead of parking vehicle at station.” He is not alone crying for the higher parking charges while many other daily commuters of the station complaint the same issue. They said they prefer to park their vehicle at nearby private parking slots situated outside of the station campus. Several protest and demonstration have been already staged at station regarding the issue. Congress workers have burnt effigy of railway minister Piyush Goel three days back and threatened to start ‘Rail Roko Andolan’ from March 1. They also submitted memorandum to the railway officials and demanded to reduce the rate within month.

According to Congress Corporator Guddu Chauhan, “Railway is trying to privatize the entire station and general public is suffering for the same. Instead of facilitating the people, railway is robbing on name of parking. One can own a rented house on monthly parking charges of Habibganj railway station. If parking charges would not be reduced within a month, Congress party would start Rail Roko Andolan across state.” He further said earlier people were parking their vehicles for Rs 40 or 50 per month but now they have to pay Rs 1000 or above which is injustice. He said Railway Minister, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and district collector all are responsible for this higher fare and they need to address the issue immediately.

The new parking rate released by Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) is Rs 5 for cycle for 6 to 24 hours while old price was Rs 2 per day. New price for bike is Rs 15, Rs 20 and Rs 995 for two wheelers up to 12 hours, 24 hours and monthly respectively. For four wheeler parking prices are Rs 40, Rs 50 and Rs 5999 for 12 hours, 48 hours and monthly respectively.

However railway officials said that the station is being redeveloped by the private contractor Bansal Pathway and they are handling the entire station including parking slots. However last week contractor slashed the parking charges but passengers claimed that the parking charges are still 10 time higher. The contractor carrying out revamp work at the station introduced monthly pass of Rs 16,000 for four wheelers and Rs 5000 for the two wheelers vehicle at Habibganj parking slot. Irked with the higher charges, passengers filed several complaints and after that railway board probed the matter. When railway board intervened and asked contractor to slash the price, it has been reduced as Rs 995 for two wheelers and Rs 5,990 for the four wheelers vehicles. According to passengers, before starting this station redevelopment project monthly parking charges were Rs 120 and Rs 300 for two wheelers and four wheelers respectively.