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
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.