The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is likely to throw open its first multilevel parking to public by the end of this month. The parking that can accommodate 931 cars will be free of cost for the first four months.
The MC is making arrangements to make the parking lot near Empire store as vehicle-free. All the vehicles parked in this lot will be shifted to the multilevel parking when it is opened. Later, other crowded parking lots of Sector 17 will also be vacated and cars will be made to park in the multilevel parking lot. Around 2,500 cars are parked everyday in seven parking lots in Sector 17.
The multilevel parking is likely to be inaugurated by Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg on Wednesday visited the site with Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand to get electricity work expedited. Sources said that in order to add this achievement to her kitty, Mayor Poonam Sharma was trying to ensure completion of the work before her term ended.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Garg said, “We are trying our best to open the building by the end of this month. By making all the cars of Sector 17 parked there, all the lots will be made vehicle-free so that the plaza can be made a good place to hang around.”
She added, “As decided by the House, it will be free of cost for the first four months. But we will start working on the parking policy soon.” After four months, it will be made a paid parking lot.
Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said, “During rains, water got accumulated at certain places. But the slush is almost cleared, the wiring is complete and only the fixtures need to be put.”
The MC had allotted the construction work to Gautam Builders on October 15, 2013. The multilevel parking lot will be equipped with solar panels for lighting later. The construction of the multilevel parking lot started in October 2013 after the proposal was mooted in 2011.
The parking project that is coming up on an area of 4.78 acres has four levels with eight lifts. Three levels will be underground. It will be fully automatic with two computerised ticket counters at the entry and exit points. An amount of Rs 46.62 crore have been spent on it. There are two ramps for entry and exit of vehicles.