New mul­ti­level car park­ing opens in Phuentshol­ing

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

A newly com­pleted mul­ti­level car park­ing is now op­er­a­tional from Thurs­day and is ex­pected to de­con­gest the al­ready con­gested Phuentshol­ing town.

The park­ing will ac­com­mo­date 202 light ve­hi­cles in three three­sto­ried build­ing and also has in­stalled close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion and bio­met­ric en­try gate for sys­tem­atic func­tion­ing. The Phuentshol­ing Thromde will man­age the park­ing for a year and later ex­plore the op­por­tu­nity of out­sourc­ing it to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als.

Phuentshol­ing Thrompon Ut­tar Ku­mar Rai said the park­ing build­ing would al­low the Thromde to cre­ate more space for pedes­tri­ans as the nar­row roads in the core town area have cre­ated con­ges­tion.

The Thromde will now re­move park­ing spa­ces for ve­hi­cles around Zang­dopelri, Dek­i­line and Bhutan Ho­tel as the road along these ar­eas are not just nar­row, but busy too.

Around 150 park­ing spa­ces in­side the town will be re­moved now and turned into walk­ways for pedes­tri­ans.

“How­ever, cars will be al­lowed for pick and drop ser­vices for a few min­utes,” the Thrompon said.

Mean­while, the cur­rent park­ing spa­ces around Zang­dopelri Lhakhang, Dek­i­line, and the lower mar­kets, which are crit­i­cally con­gested, will be now re­moved. There will be only a few des­ig­nated park­ing spa­ces where cars can park for emer­gen­cies.

“There will be enough space for the peo­ple to walk un­like to­day,” the Thrompon said.

The ground floor of the three-sto­ried park­ing build­ing will be used for lo­cal ve­hi­cles that need fre­quent park­ing in­side the town, par­tic­u­larly taxis, and the first floor is des­ig­nated for pri­vate ve­hi­cles, which can be parked for hours. There are about 150 spa­ces for heavy ve­hi­cles in Phuentshol­ing at the truck park­ing area. The park­ing, cen­trally lo­cated at the heart of the town, is ex­pected to be con­ve­nient for the peo­ple to park and do their works in the town.

Mean­while, the Thromde will charge Nu 10 per hour for a sin­gle ve­hi­cle park­ing. The ve­hi­cle will not be charged for the first five min­utes if there is no park­ing space.

“It is sys­tem­at­i­cally con­structed where the cars won’t be al­lowed to leave with­out pay­ing the fees,” the Thrompon said, adding that an elec­tric au­to­matic gate placed at the exit point will al­low only cars whose driv­ers have paid the fees.

Mean­while, a taxi driver, Tshe­wang Tandin, is happy with the new park­ing.

He said taxi park­ing in the town has be­come con­gested and the new park­ing would help ease it. “Now we are com­fort­able with the new one,” he said.

The mul­ti­level car park­ing is con­structed at a cost of Nu 64mn – Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in­ject­ing about Nu 50mn un­der the Small De­vel­op­ment Project and Phuentshol­ing Thrdome putting in about Nu 14mn. The project started in July 2016.

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