KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday barred the Clifton Cantonment Board from finalizing the proceedings of auctioning the rights to collect parking fee at different parking sites in Clifton area.
Two-judge bench also issued notices to the defense ministry, the chief executive officer of the Clifton cantonment board for to also file comments on the petition.
The petitioner, Mohammad Sajjad Haider had gone to the court against the cantonment board challenging its powers to levy the parking fee.
The petitioner submitted that the cantonment board had on October 30 got published public notice to auction different parking sites in the Block 8 and 9 of Clifton to the private contractors for recovery of parking fee.
The contractor would charge Rs40 each on the parking of the Bus/Mazda, Rs20 on Car/Pick-up and Rs10 on the motorcycle.
He said that the cantonment board has no powers to levy parking fee under the Cantonments Act 1924 despite they have advertised the auction rights of the parking fee charges through the newspapers.
The petitioner said the municipal authority have no powers under any law to levy such fee, which has already been declared as illegal, null and void by the Lahore High Court and SHC in its judgments.
The court was pleaded to declare the auction of the parking fee rights by the CBC as illegal, unlawful and without having lawful authority.
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