Mul­ti­level park­ing lots to come up at busy Lu­tyens hubs to ease traf­fic

Land For Fa­cil­ity Near Khan Mar­ket To Be Used For Sur­face Park­ing Now

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Vibha.Sharma @times­group.com Lodhi Gar­den IN­DIA GATE

New Delhi: To pro­vide hassle-free park­ing to the vis­i­tors at busy Khan Mar­ket and curb the chaos on the neigh­bour­ing roads, the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) is plan­ning to con­struct mul­ti­level park­ing at Am­rita Shergill Marg. A shuttle-cum­tower park­ing is also pro­posed be­hind Tol­stoy Bhawan. To­gether, these park­ing fa­cil­i­ties will cre­ate 1,700 equiv­a­lent car space.

Due to heavy footfall in the mar­ket, vis­i­tors of­ten leave their cars on the road­sides which trig­ger traf­fic tan­gles.

NDMC sec­re­tary Rashmi Singh said that though the project is in its nascent stage, they are ask­ing the mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion to utilise the space for at least sur­face park­ing. “We have plans to de­velop the un­der­ground shuttle park­ing on 9,005 square me­tre land be­hind Khan Mar­ket. We have lev­elled the sur­face of the area and asked the mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion to at least start park­ing their ve­hi­cles there,” she added.

Khan Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers have wel­comed the move to con­struct a park­ing lot. How­ever, they are not will­ing to shell out money for park­ing their ve­hi­cles.

“They have got the land al­lot­ted from the min­istry of hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs af­ter our ef­forts. More­over, they col­lected Rs 95 crore from us as con­ver­sion charges a few years back. The amount was sup­posed to be used for aug­ment­ing in­fra­struc­ture in the mar­ket. But they have not utilised a sin­gle money till date. We should be pro­vided park­ing space free of cost,” said Sanjiv Mehra, the as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

He added that the site is lo­cated 500 me­tres from the mar­ket and vis­i­tors need to be mo­ti­vated to use the place. “We gave them an op­tion to al­lot sur­face park­ing to us, and we will pro­vide valet park­ing to vis­i­tors, but there was no re­ply,” he added.

At the park­ing fa­cil­ity be­hind Tol­stoy Bhawan, space for 530 ve­hi­cles will be cre­ated. “The place is sur­rounded by of­fices. We as­sume that in fu­ture the new fa­cil­ity will check the num­ber of ve­hi­cles lined up on the road­side,” said Rashmi.

The land has been al­lot­ted, and the NDMC has com­pleted the process for de­mar­cat­ing the site.

“The height of this park­ing lot is ex­pected to be around 50 me­tres. At least three floors would be con­structed un­der­ground and used for park­ing pur­pose. Four to five floors above the ground will be used for com­mer­cial pur­poses,” said a se­nior NDMC of­fi­cial. The cost of the project will be borne by the civic agency.

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