Transgenders to collect parking fees in Odisha capital city Bhubaneswar from today

Bhubaneswar: Transgenders to collect parking fees in Bhubaneswar from today. Two parking lots have been identified where 17 transgenders will carry out the initiative on an experimental basis for two months, informs BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhury.

Transgenders would now be seen collecting parking fees in the State capital. As part of the initiatives to include the Third Gender in the social mainstream, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has assigned two major parking lots in the city to TG Swikruti, an NGO run by transgenders, for collection of fees.

Approving the appeal made by the NGO, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary assigned the new responsibility to transgenders at a special function on Thursday. Wearing a special apron and holding a bag, members of the NGO would collect parking fees. The first parking lot allotted for Transgenders covers the area between Raj Mahal Square and Master Canteen Square that includes four parking sites: 1-from Khadims showroom front to Sreeleathers showroom front; 2-Hotel Royal Midtown to Arya Palace; 3-Ashok Market to City Residency; and 4-Royal Midtown front to Narayan Ayurved Bhawan front.

The second parking lot covers area from Master Canteen to Shriya Square. The sites that come under this are: 1-parking zone at Kharvel Nagar (off-street) opposite Hotel Swosti; 2-Kharvel Nagar parking zone (off-street) in front of Epari Sadashiv Jewellers; 3-Kharavel Nagar parking zone (off-street) from Narula General Stores front to PC Chand Jewellers front; 4-Kharavel Nagar parking zone (off-street) in front of Godabarisha Sahitya Sansad; and 5-Kharavel Nagar parking zone (on-street) in front of Hotel Keshari. The duty has been assigned to transgenders on a experimental basis for two months, said BMC Deputy Commissioner Shrimanta Mishra.

The monthly fee for the first parking lot is Rs 2.23 lakh while the fee has been fixed at Rs 1.46 lakh for the second one. Organisations that have allotted the parking lots would pay the money to the BMC after completion of one month.

NGO TG Swikruti has submitted a security deposit of R 7,380 for the new assignment. The fee for two-wheelers is Rs 5 for 0- 2 hours, Rs 15 for 2-3 hours, Rs 25 for 3-4 hours and Rs 35 for 4-5 hours.

The fee for wheelers is Rs 5 for 0-2 hours, Rs 20 for 2-3 hours, Rs 35 for 3-4 hours and Rs 50 for 4-5 hours. The fee for light weight four-wheelers is Rs 25 for 0-2 hours, Rs 35 for 0-2 hours, Rs 35 for 2-3 hours, Rs 60 for 3-4 hours and Rs 75 for 4-5 hours. The fee for heavy four-wheelers is Rs 35 for 0-2 hours, Rs 50 for 2-3 hours, Rs 80 for 3-4 hours and Rs 100 for 4-5 hours.