LAHORE - The Anarkali, the oldest and the busiest market of the City, is going to experience meter-based parking system within two months. It will be the third venture after functioning of meter-parking system at the Liberty Market and The Mall. The CDGL has conducted a survey to outline mapping and drafting feasibility report for the launching of high-tech system in the famous shopping center of the City. DO (Public Facility) Ahmed Afraz has told The Nation that after completion of the survey, the CDGL has floated the tenders with specific terms and conditions inviting interested parties to join the process. He said so far four companies had shown their keen interest. He said the authority concerned was poised to complete the pre-qualification process soon. He said the ticketing machines to be installed at Anarkali would be battery operated, adding the machines would be supported by solar power instead of Wapda in case of power breakdown. All the machines installed at The Mall were also solar-powered, he added. When asked will the companies, hired for the installation of the ticketing machines at The Liberty Market and The Mall, be preferred for awarding the contract at Anarkali, he said all international and national firms would be invited to participate in the pre-qualification process. We will award the contract to those companies, which would fulfill the requirements and parameters laid down by government, he added. He said the system would not only help in better use of the space available but also in utilising the time in best possible way besides maintaining the discipline. Finding a parking space is almost a challenge and often one wrong parked car takes the space of two. But this wont happen again as a heavy fine of Rs 50 that can exceed to Rs 500 will be imposed on wrong parking, expired tokens, not displaying the parking ticket as directed or worst no token at all, he maintained. DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta had approved the survey for meter-parking system in Anarkali to counter lack of space and over-charging at already available parking stands. As far the fee is concerned, a parking ticket of Rs 10 will be issued for first hour while Rs 5 will be charged after each next hour. For the whole day a ticket of Rs 50 would be issued. A ticket of Rs 200 will be fixed as the parking fee for a whole week. Local traders and shopkeepers will have to pay Rs 20 per day for the service. In case of a violation, Rs 50 to Rs 500 will be charged as a fine. Motorcycles are likely to be exempted from computerised parking fee. Meanwhile, the traders have welcomed the move to set up metered-parking zone at Anarkali, saying it will put an end to the highhandedness of the those people fleecing the citizens at the parking stands. However, they demanded that authorities concerned should accommodate their point of views and feedback in the process of preparing the survey report.