Here’s some good news for people in Tamil Nadu. The government has regulated the parking rates in theatres and it has been fixed at Rs 15 and Rs. 7 for cars/three-wheelers and two-wheelers respectively, in municipalities.
For municipal corporations and municipalities special grade, the parking fee for cars/three wheelers has been set at Rs 20 and Rs 10 respectively, reported The Hindu. Moreover, in town panchayats and villages, the parking fee for car/three-wheeler and two-wheeler have been set at Rs 5 and Rs 3.
However, these charges are not applicable for theatres in malls.
Tamil Nadu Film Producer’s Council president Vishal tweeted that he is delighted to share this good news.
Delighted to share this Good News !!!— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) December 5, 2017
TN State Govt regulates Parking rates in Theaters....
Car - ₹ 20
2-wheeler - ₹ 10
Cycle - Free
The theatre owners are not happy with the new charges for parking in theatres. “The rate has been fixed by the government, earlier the court had stated that the theatres can charge depending on the real estate prices. I don’t think it is a good move because the price of real estate land is not same in different parts of the city. I do not think it is suitable and it is a backward move. They should have considered the real estate prices, I do not think that it is scientifically done,” said Nikilesh of Rohini Theatres.
This comes two months after TNFPC President Vishal had proposed a set of rules and regulations to be followed by the theatres which included that no parking charges must be levied at the theatre parking complex and all items must be sold in theatre canteens at Maximum Retail Price (MRP).
In 2010, the Madras High Court had given government the permission to fix the parking fee for different types of vehicles in cinema theatres. The theatre owners had filed a special leave petition against the order in the Supreme Court and then withdrew the petition in 2013.
In August 2016, activists had filed a petition in the Madras High Court asking the state government to regulate the parking fee for theatres. They had claimed that the last time the parking fee was fixed by government in 1999.