Mysuru, Oct 20: Members of a tax payers' association have taken exception to the 'misleading claim' made by the Railway authorities regarding the categorisation of Mysore railway station to justify the recent increase in parking fee at the station.
Referring to the reported claim made by the Railway authorities that Mysore railway station had been categorised as 'A' category station along with Hubli, Bangalore and Davangere for fixing time slabs and rates for parking of vehicles, the Karanji and Siddharthanagar Tax Payers" Association said the authorities had made a 'false' statement.
In a press statement, member Syed Tanveeruddin said the Railway authorities' claims were made to make us believe that the other cities were also having similar time slabs and rates for parking of vehicles.
While the parking rate for two-wheelers up to four hours was Rs. 5 at Mysore railway station, the rate at Davangere was just Rs. 3. Similiarly, if the parking fee for 4 to 8 hours was Rs. 10, Rs. 15 for 8 to 16 hours and Rs. 20 for 16 to 24 hours at Mysore, the corresponding rates at Davangere were Rs. 6, Rs. 9 and Rs. 12 respectively, he claimed.
Prior to the increase in parking fee which came into effect from October 1, 2008, people with two-wheeler were paying Rs. 2 if their vehicles were parked from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm The revised slab is 'unscientific' rate and the parking fee has gone up to Rs. 15, Mr. Tanveeruddin said.
The absence of a place to keep helmets at the railway station has also been criticised by the association.