Jan 31, 2015 News
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has opened a parking lot opposite its Camp Street headquarters for customers amidst increasing complaints of congestion.
The parking lot, located at lot 235 Camp Street, and adjacent to St. Margaret’s Primary School, will become operational on Monday and customers will have to pay.
According to GRA yesterday, in the early days of the authority’s consolidation into one convenient location, it was plagued with several challenges.
“This lot is meant to be utilized by GRA customers only; therefore a chit system will be implemented for security and accountability purposes. What this means, is that persons who park in this lot will be given a chit with their name, vehicle number and time entered. They would then proceed to the GRA to conduct their business.”
Once at the GRA, customers will need to have the back of the chit stamped before returning to the parking lot, where they will be required to show the stamped chit to the security officer on duty before being granted access to the lot. The parking facility can accommodate approximately 140 vehicles.
A number of other measures have also been taken to ease congestion. “No Parking” and “No Stopping” signs have been placed on the western carriageway. “Rigorous monitoring will be done by traffic officials. The GRA looks forward for co-operation from the public in adhering to the signs and traffic rules as compliant citizens.”
GRA noted that since moving its operations to Camp Street, there has been a growing need for adequate parking facilities.
“Recognizing this need, the GRA has undertaken the herculean task of trying to create adequate facilities. Initial efforts included the creation of parking lots opposite the GRA (adjacent to St. Margaret’s Primary) and on the corner of Camp and Quamina Streets for staff, and parking facilities equipped with security officers on Waterloo Street for taxpayers.”
The facilities, however, did not receive the expected enthusiasm since the Camp Street location remained congested.
With 200-plus staffers of the agency who also use their personal motor vehicles to travel to work, GRA said it took the initiative to secure a plot of land located at the Railway Embankment, Lamaha Street, (between Camp and East Streets) to be constructed into an employee’s parking lot.
“This location has been equipped with adequate security guards on foot patrol, huts, lights, bridges and a parameter fence, in order to safeguard employees’ motor vehicles which would be parked at the said location during normal working hours.”
Added to this, the GRA will be providing shuttling services to transport staff to and from the parking lot located at Railway Embankment, Lamaha Street on a daily basis.
As it relates to the taxpaying public, GRA said it continues to put systems in place to make the payment of taxes as easy and convenient as possible for taxpayers.
“In this regard, taxpayers are continuously encouraged to use the alternative payment options available. These would include paying taxes through the commercial banks’ internet and Tele-Bank services, namely Republic bank, Demerara bank and GBTI.
Taxpayers can also make payments through any Bill Express or GT&T’s Mobile Money. Paying taxes through these methods would significantly decrease the traffic congestion and long lines at the GRA Headquarters.”
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