LAHORE - The City District Government Lahore is all set to launch the meter-parking system at The Mall in two phases. The high-tech ticketing system has already been operating at Liberty Market over the last two months. All the arrangements to install the state of art system at The Mall have been finalised. The process of lane marking for streamlining parking spaces that would be available to 320 cars has already been completed. However, six ticketing machines are yet to be installed. During the first phase, the system will be launched from Shahdin Manzil to Masjid-i- Shuhada, while the second phase would cover Panorama Centre, High Court Road and Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The authority concerned has fixed the parking rates for different time durations. A parking ticket of Rs10 has been approved for first hour while Rs5 will be charged after each next hour. For the whole day, a ticket of Rs50 would be charged. The authority has also fixed Rs200 ticket as parking fee for a week. Local traders and shopkeepers would have to pay Rs20 per day for the service. In case of a violation, Rs50 to Rs500 will be charged as a fine. On the other hand, motorcycles are exempted from computerised parking fee. An information desk will be set up near Masjid-i-Shuhada for facilitating the people round the clock and two wardens would also be deputed for checking any ticketing violation. The concerned authorities are considering affixing electronic chip on the tickets besides installing close circuit cameras at entry and exit points. Sources said that the modern meter parking system had been imported from France, which would be provided by PARKEON and installed by PAKSET. The CDGL is launching a public awareness campaign regarding the system's working soon. At Liberty Market, every machine is installed at a maximum distance of 30 meters from the parked cars. People get a printed parking ticket from the machine after inserting a token that is to be displayed prominently at the front or rear screen or dashboard. More than 580 cars are being accommodated at Liberty Market. It is worth mentioning that the traders in the Liberty Market had expressed their disapproval over the introduction of the hour based computerised parking system in the area, accusing that it would increase the cost and create problems for the visitors. They protested against the modern parking system demanding a free parking facility, similar to the one that the govt had introduced for parks and other public places. Expressing his views, DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta said the new system would not hurt the clientele because the people purchasing items worth thousands of rupees would not mind paying extra few rupees for parking as well, adding that the system was aimed at deterring the trend of parking vehicles for unnecessary long time periods.