LAHORE City District Government Lahore has launched metered parking system for over 300 parking stands of the provincial metropolis previous day but without installing meters, which meant the District Administration authorized the contractors to fleece the citizens, The Nation has learnt on Tuesday. It is also learnt that the meter parking system has been launched following the notification, issued by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad Cheema who in such notification ordered the department concerned to initiate meter parking system across the city with immediately. According to notified orders, he also mentioned rates for parking lots which are starting from Rs 10 for first hour for cars and other small four wheelers, Rs 20 for second hour while Rs 5 for every extra hour. Further, for motorcycles, Rs 5 and Rs 10 for first and second hours have been fixed respectively. However, it was witnessed that the CDG officials and contractors are misusing the newly introduced meter parking system by issuing parking tickets to the owners of vehicles manually and by taking advantage of such manual system, they are charging parking fee from the vehicular according to their own will and in violation of the bylaws and the orders of District Coordination Officer (DCO) issued by him in above mentioned notification. The officials on duty and the employees of the contractors, working at these parking lots are charging Rs 20 for first hour parking, Rs 40 for second hour and Rs 10 per extra hour after two hours from the vehicle owners, which meant they are charging almost double of the rate, fixed by the CDG authorities as parking fees. Whereas, District Officer Usman Ahmad of Public Facility Department informed this scribe that CDG is going to introduce computerized ticket system for such parking lots, functioning under the direct control of Public Facility Department in order to check overcharging and to address the public complaints in this regard. He said that the computerized parking ticket system would soon start functioning across the City under a pilot project and such system would help the district management to end the overcharging from the parking lots assuring public complaints regarding overcharging would be addressed through such computerized meter system. He said that the department has displayed rate list boards at all parking stands of the city and for addressing public complaints regarding overcharging phone number of departments complaint centre has also been displayed on the same board. It is pertinent to mention here that initially CDG authorities introduced experimental metered parking system at The Mall in 2009, which had become defunct from a couple of months due to uncertain reasons.