LAHORE - City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has launched a survey to install meter-parking system at Anarkali on Wednesday. According to details, DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta had approved the survey for metered parking system in Anarkali, one of the oldest and busiest shopping centre in the provincial capital, to counter lack of space and over-charging at already available parking stands. The Department of Public Facility constituted a survey team that visited Anarkali to draft feasibility report. The survey team will carry out mapping and demarcation of the area to acquire an accurate estimate of the required parking space. As far the fee is concerned, a parking ticket of Rs 10 will be issued for first hour while Rs 5 will be charged after each next hour. For the whole day, a ticket of Rs 50 would be issued. A ticket of Rs 200 will be fixed as the parking fee for a whole week. Local traders and shopkeepers will have to pay Rs 20 per day for the service. In case of a violation, Rs 50 to Rs 500 will be charged as a fine. Motorcycles are likely to be exempted from computerised parking fee. Meanwhile, the traders have welcomed the move to set up metered parking zone at Anarkali, saying it will put an end the highhandedness of the those people fleecing the citizens at the parking stands. However, they demanded that authorities concerned should accommodate their point of views and feedback in the process of preparing the survey report. It may be recalled that metered parking system at the Mall has been delayed despite the installation of six ticketing machines due to reasons best known to the high-ups. When contacted DO (Public Facility) Afraz Ahmed responded that metered parking system was all set to be launched at The Mall but due to some problem, it had been delayed. However, he assured that the system would soon be functional. He said the ticketing machines to be installed at Anarkali would be battery operated, adding the machines would be supported by solar-powered instead of WAPDA in case of power breakdown. All the machines installed at The Mall were also solar-powered, he added. When asked will the companies, hired for the installation of the ticketing machines at The Liberty Market and The Mall, be preferred for awarding the contract at Anarkali as well, he said all international and national firms would be invited to participate in the pre-qualification process. We will award the contract to those companies, which would fulfil the requirements and parameters laid down by government, he added. He said each meter parking ticket machine would cater 60 vehicles. The machines have been installed at a distance of 30 metres from each other. The high-tech system will be implemented in two phases. During the first phase, the system will be launched from Shahdin Manzil to Masjid-i-Shuhada, while the second phase would cover Panorama Centre, High Court Road and Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The process of lane marking has already been completed. The lane marking will allow parking spaces for 320 cars, he added. He said the effective system will not only help in making most out of the space available but, also in utilising the time in best possible way while maintain discipline. Finding a parking space is a bit of a challenge and often one wrong parked car takes the space of two. But this wont happens again as a heavy fine which will start from Rs 50 and can exceed to Rs 500 will be imposed on wrong parking, expired tokens, not displaying the parking ticket as directed or worst no token at all, he maintained.