(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News)
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents welcomed the mayor's decision to charge people who park their vehicles on roadsides, saying it is a good decision for the safety of their cars.
Kabul Municipality has decided in an unprecedented move to collect fees from people who park their cars on roadsides in different parts of Kabul city for watching over the vehicles for their safety.
Kabul Municipality spokesman Niamatullah Barakzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that based on the municipal law and the Kabul municipality's revenue regulations, all roads in Kabul have side parking lots or roadside parking lots.
He said that the roadside car parks are rented out on a contract basis and the Kabul Municipality received monthly revenue from contractors.
Based on the law, Kabul Municipality has the right to receive municipal service fees from all its public areas such as roads, sidewalks, alleys and all areas of public property, he said.
He added that roadside parking is a temporary parking lot.“A number of mafia groups had rented sidewalks to others, but they did not have this right to do so. Kabul municipality can do it as necessity, and the side parking lot has been considered for that.”
Barakzai said,“This issue is common in all countries of the world, people should not bring their cars to the market if they do not need them, and they should walk to reduce congestion, but if they bring cars, they should look for a permanent parking lot because there are a lot of permanent parking lots in the city.”
“These services make people's vehicles safe, and if the car suffers even the slightest damage, the person who collects the fee is responsible…”
Kabul Municipality, as an independent budgetary unit, has its own revenue which is again spent back on the city requirements, he said.
Barakzai said that 181 projects were expected to be implemented in 22 districts of Kabul this year, with a total cost of more than four billion afghanis.
“Vendors who are organized in the city provide public services for the municipality, and we can remove them from the city whenever we want, it is a contract based business,” Barakzai said.
Farhad Sarfzar, a resident of Kabul's Afshar area, welcomed the municipality's decision and said,“The money which is collected in revenue from the city should be spent back on the reconstruction of the city.”
He says the money should not go into the pockets of specific individuals, and that the Kabul municipality should fulfill its responsibilities properly.
ShahramBadakhsh, another resident of Kabul, says that it is the municipality's right if its officers protect people's cars against fees, but if the money is charged without protection, then it is extortion.
He says the municipality can charge a fine on people who park their cars in an illegal place that create problems for people.
SahilLotfa, a resident of 11th police district of Kabul, said,“In the past, when we stopped our car on the corner of the road, we were worried about it being stolen, but now we are happy that we are provided with the safety service.”
He as a resident welcomed the decision of the Kabul Municipality as the central capital was currently facing a shortage of parking lots.
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