LAHORE - The Lahore Parking Company has failed to take action against illegal parking stands, thanks to political pressure.

 “The company’s first challenge was to ascertain the reasons behind closed parking stands and marked unallocated stands in the city,” said CDGL sources.

The LPC was registered as a profit-making company with Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan on the orders of the government.

It was expected to take charge of all parking stands operated by the city district government (CDGL) after signing a formal agreement with CDGL and town municipal administrations.

The District Office of Public Facilities initially was in charge of the city’s 367 parking lots despite the Company had picked its first MD Mian Nauman MPA and the DCO as DMD. They said that DOPF initially worked in liaison with LPC while the company will have to improve performance to justify its existence.

According to official records, 160 of these were no longer operational while hundreds of unapproved parking stands were also operating in the city. They said that LPC would have to perform since it had been registered as a profit-making company. “The LTC will generate a profit from day one after taking a hundred million rupees in revenue for all parking stand tenders.” They said the company would try to improve profits by eliminating loopholes in the system.

They said it would have to gradually bring unapproved parking stands into its ambit and generate revenue from them. They further said that the company would also have to build new park and ride plazas across the city and a Turkish firm would help the LPC and an agreement in this regard had already been signed. “The company needed three times the proposed staff to manage existing 367 parking stands and staff will be hired gradually. He said 12 officers from the District Management Group and other groups were interviewed for the post of LPC MD. They said that current number of parking stands was not enough for a city of more than 12 million.

The company needed to upgrade parking stands using modern technology; it does not need hundreds of people to main parking stands. They further said that the use of appropriate technologies can reduce the number of staff required and better parking arrangements would help reduce the city’s traffic problems, they added.

Convention: The 34th convention of the Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Pakistan will be inaugurated by Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar on Monday (tomorrow).

The Federal Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal will be the guest of honour on this occasion. All the IEEEP office bearers, fellows & members will be attending this convention. Eminent engineers and delegates from all-over Pakistan, representing major organisations like WAPDA, KEPCO, HUBCO, SIEMENS, PEL, KESC, PAEC, OGDC, PTCL etc, will also be participating. In addition, industry and Corporate Sector would also be appropriately represented. Various regular activities will take place all morning, followed by a highly informative seminar explaining the service rules for engineers in Pakistan by Engr Amir Zamir Khan and recommendations on the Power Policy 2013 by Engr Tahir Basharat Cheema. Engr NA Zuberi of the PPIB would present a paper on the upcoming Gadani Power Park.