Mangaluru, Dec 29, 2018: The police will examine the legality of shopping malls collecting parking fee for vehicles of customers parked on their premises, Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh has said.
Responding to a complaint during the weekly phone-in programme here on Friday, Mr. Suresh said that the legality of the action has to be examined and the police would do it. The caller said that malls cannot collect parking fee from their customers as they would provide business to establishments inside the premises.
He also said that because of the parking fee, many a customers now prefer to park their vehicles outside, on the flanks of roads adjacent to such commercial complexes thereby aggravating the traffic problem.
A caller complained about spilling of diesel from oil tankers coming out of KSRTC depots in Bejai on the highway leading to accidents, particularly involving two-wheelers. He urged the police to put an end to the problem, and Mr. Suresh said that the issue would be taken up with the KSRTC authorities concerned.
Another caller urged the police to declare Kankanady Old Road as one-way as the narrow road often gets choked with vehicles moving on both the sides. However, Mr. Suresh said that the police had tried it once before but had to withdraw it due to local opposition. On learning that vehicles parked on the flanks of the road caused traffic snarls, he directed the traffic police to introduce alternate day parking system on the road.
A woman caller said that crew on Route No 45 C would not help senior citizens to occupy seats earmarked for them. Conductors also did not issue tickets, she said. The Commissioner promised action. A caller from Pandeshwar complained about city buses halting right on the road instead of road flanks causing traffic jams.
Despite the police promising action against fish transporting vehicles spilling waste water on the city roads and those carrying decayed fish to fish meal factories emanating foul smell, complaints continued to pour in against such vehicles during Friday’s phone-in programme too. Callers from Bunder and Pandeshwar urged the police to put an end to spilling of waste water and foul smell menaces as these have become unbearable. Mr. Suresh promised to address the issue.
Deputy Commissioners of Police Hanumantharaya (Law and Order) and Uma Prashanth (Crime and Traffic) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M. Manjunatha Shetty were present.