UT administrator Shivraj V Patil on Tuesday said he would not give approval to building plans of any parking stations that did not have provision for underground parking lot. Also,he said provision for parking on top of buildings and below all parks needed to be considered.
He was addressing a gathering here after laying the foundation stone of the multilevel parking lot in Sector 17. The parking lot would have a three-storey basement and space for parking 925 cars. Once completed,the parking lot would be the first-of-its-kind in a commercial area of the city.
Patil said that in a city like Chandigarh,the only solution to overcome parking problem was to go for underground parking,which was created due to an increase in population as well as increase in the number of vehicles in the city. In order to solve the parking problem,the best option was to construct parking stations under the parks. He made it clear that the UT Administration was not going to give permission for any parking station which had no provision for underground parking.
He said the administration would allow parking spaces on top of buildings. Chandigarh cannot stay like this forever. The population is increasing and so are the demands of the people. The parking spaces created would cater to the residents demand for the next 50 years. In Chandigarh it would not be difficult to go underground as the soil does not have huge stones like that of Delhi, he added.
The administrator said the quality control was of paramount importance. In case of underground parking lots,it would be difficult to rectify the defects once it was constructed. Advocating the need to install solar power plants atop the multilevel parking lot,he said that the traders at the market should also do the same and generate power for their consumption.
UT Adviser K K Sharma said the UT Administration was regularly empowering the MC by transferring various departments to the civic body. The administration and the MC needed to think of ways to promote public transport and also provide facilities to pedestrians. There were several plans on the anvil for revival of Sector 17. This would attract more people to the area and increase the need for safe parking spaces.
Mayor Subhash Chawla said that for a city with a population of 11 lakh,there were six lakh vehicles. The multilevel parking lot would solve the parking problems of Sector 17. Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra demanded that a banquet hall be provided to city residents and some concessions be given to traders and industrialists.