Illegal parking fee, fine on GVK Mall

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad has pulled up GVK Mall, Banjara Hills, for illegally imposing parking fee on consumers, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (DCDRF).
The forum directed the mall to pay Rs 7000 within a month as compensation on the complaint.

This is the second judgement against the commercial establishment by consumer court in the state, before it was against Maheshwari Parmeshwari Mall at Kacheguda crossroad in August 2018.

The forum held that GVK Mall had illegally charged parking fees which was against Government Order (GO) 168 of 2012, which states that no commercial complex or residential complex has the right to charge parking fee and the provision of AP/TS Apartments Act (Promotion of construction and ownership Act 1987) states that selling, leasing and misusing common areas and facilities is prohibited.

Speaking to DC, Mr. Vijay Gopal, president of Forum Against Corruption, who filed the complaint said: “In January I went to watch a movie in GVK Mall and parked the vehicle there. Despite the GO clearly stating that commercial complexes have no right to charge parking fee they charged me Rs 50.”

The Mall management’s representative said that, “this was being done only to stop the parking of vehicles by persons other than the visitors in its premises and from misusing the parking space.”
Previously the MP Mall was directed to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation for causing mental trauma to the complainant.

The court had given 30 days to pay the amount and failing to do so would attract an additional 7% interest per annum from the date of expiry of 30 days till the date the amount is paid in full, read the judgement.