Nashik's parking issues will be handled shortly, says the civic leader

Chandrakant Pulkundwar said the city's parking issue would be addressed at the earliest . Pulkundwar said he and the contractor and smart city officials would visit the parking lots in the city in a day or two and make a call on the issue .

NASHIK (NASHIK): On Friday, municipal commissioner Chandrakant Pulkundwar said the city's parking issue would be addressed at the earliest.Pulkandwar said that after meeting with the smart city officials, his next step would be to figure out the parking problem.I had a formal meeting with the smart city officials and a contractor concerned about making the on- and off-road parking lots available, he said.I was however unconvinced by the contractors' plea for more relaxation in terms.

Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL), a Mumbai-based private contractor, was selected to develop and operate parking spaces on a public private partnership (PPP) basis by Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL.Starting March 4, 2020, the contractor installed a 22-space parking lot.Despite the lockdown that followed the outbreak of Covid-19, the contractor was forced to stop the work for a couple of weeks.Due to Covid, the NMSCDCL had given a 15-month extension, but the private company wanted a three-year extension as well as a reversal of the Rs 17.5 lakh royalty due to be paid to Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on an annual basis.

It had ordered the private business to make parking spaces available at least once, but it refused, insisting on their demands.At the meeting of the NMSCDCL's directorial board in January this year, the smart city company announced a plan to terminate the contractor, urging both the NMC commissioner and smart city CEO Sumant More to make a call on the subject.Ramesh Pawar, a former NMC administrator, had told the contractor in June to make the parking spaces available at least at eight locations.In the meantime, Pawar was transferred to Pulkundwar, who took over as the NMC commissioner last month.