Trade body opposes hourly parking tax


Dimapur, August 14: The Nyamo Lotha Road Business Association (NLRBA) has objected to the parking tax to be levied at Nyamo Lotha Road Dimapur and to be monitored by the Dimapur Municipal Council.
In a press release, NLRBA reminded that presently autorickshaws, which are the main mode of public transport, are allowed entry only for specific hours thus making it difficult for common man to shop at NL Road. “On top of that, if vehicles are charged Rs 10 per hour for parking then it will definitely affect the business along the stretch since it will discourage shoppers on vehicles to shop along the road stretch,” it said.
The NLRBA also pointed out that for businessmen who come on vehicles, reach early morning and park their cars until late evening, they will have to pay at least Rs 120-150 per day for parking tax, which will take a toll on their daily expenses.
It also reasoned that a commuter who might stop only for few minutes will have to shell out Rs 10 and this will discourage the commuter to make a stopover along the stretch and opt for charge-free parking area elsewhere and shop there thereby affecting business activity at NL Road.
“If at all parking tax is to be levied, why not the whole of Dimapur but only NL Road thus affecting business activity in that area and discouraging shoppers to stop along the stretch? Is NL Road the only road where random parking and rush traffic is prevalent,” it asked.
The NLRBA also termed as irrational the reasoning of the Dimapur Transport Authority that the exercise was “necessitated to streamline random parking and to endorse smooth flow of traffic,” since traffic personnel are deployed all over the town to ensure smooth traffic and regularized parking.
Asserting that the DTA notification will affect the business activity along NL Road, the NLRBA urged the DTA to cancel the notification on parking tax, while also appealing the traffic personnel to ensure smooth traffic and proper parking without creating unnecessary monetary burden on the public. (Page News Service)