Thursday, December 24, 2009

Finally Parking Work on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg Kicks Off

Construction of the multi-level underground parking at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park at Bahadurshah Zafar Marg is finally going to take off. The proposal to begin work will be tabled in the standing committee next Wednesday.

This will be one of the biggest underground parking being made under parks in the city. The facility will accommodate about 700 vehicles and the park on top will be restored after it has been completed. The total cost of this project is Rs 53.3 crore. The parking which will go three-levels down and is expected to be completed within the next 15 months.

The plan is to construct a ramp parking under half of the total area of the four-acre park. This way, the only green space available in the congested commercial area will be retained and yet the problem of parking will get sorted out. Said an MCD official: ‘‘The idea behind using only a part of the park is to ensure that people of the Walled City can use it even as construction is going on.

The cost of construction, as well as maintenance will be recovered through parking and conversion charges.’’ The parking at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park will not only take care of the parking woes at ITO but the government is trying to expedite it as creation of a parking space is essential for the BRT project in the area to take off. This is because vehicles are parked all over the footpaths and service road, which need to be revamped as part of the BRT project.

Said an official: ‘‘With so many offices in the area, parking has always been a problem. Taking into account the large numbers of cars parked here, we decided to make the parking at Bahadurshah Zafar Marg larger than other parking being constructed in the city.’’

On any given day, around 1,500 vehicles are parked here, with space for only around 500 cars in the authorized parking lots, according to sources. Around 24 such parking sites were supposed to be constructed under the green cover in Delhi before Commonwealth Games, but work has only begun on four of them till date.