Officials inspect sprucing up of underground parking lots
The multi-level parking lot to be constructed in Sector 17 on Tuesday hit a roadblock when contractors could not upload their bids due to a technical snag. The next date for opening the bids has now been fixed as July 6.
The multi-level parking lot to be constructed would have a three-level basement and a capacity for parking of around 900 cars. The proposal for the parking lot was mooted around two years ago. The drawings that were initially made were not approved after it was stated that more space be left between the shops and the parking lot. The soil samples were also tested.
The plans were finally approved this year after which the estimates for construction of the parking lot were approved by the MC. The uploading of tenders could not be done for two days due to a technical snag.
This is the second multi-level parking lot to be proposed for the sector after the first one that was proposed kept hitting roadblocks for several years. At present,the project is in arbitration.
Meanwhile,a meeting of the officials of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation was held for utilisation of the underground parking lots on Tuesday. The officials inspected the parking lots being spruced up.
Two of the three underground parking lots have two levels of parking. While on the top floor,four-wheelers would be parked,provisions would be made for two-wheelers on the next level. Most of the underground parking lots stay unutilised. The lack of adequate lights,seepage of water and lack of security act as a deterrent for people to park their vehicles in the underground parking lots despite parking here being free.
The lack of sanitation facilities is another problem. During monsoons,a common problem faced at these parking lots is accumulation of water.
In the wake of the lack of space in the city,several proposals have been mooted for ensuring utilisation of the underground parking lots. Recently,the members of the market association of Sector 17 were also asked to park their vehicles at the underground parking lot so that there was more space available for the shoppers in the surface parking lots. Since the shopkeepers park their vehicles throughout the day,it was touted to be one of the solutions to tide over the shrinking parking space in the markets. It was proposed that the associations would be approached for maintenance of the parking lots.
The Municipal Corporation had also proposed that the underground parking lots be auctioned along with the surface parking lots so that the contractors could make use of the space. Parking fee would then have been charged from the people parking in these lots. This was,however,rejected. A section of the councillors suggested that instead of imposing parking fee for people parking in the underground parking lots,advertisements should be allowed to be put up. With this,the civic body would earn revenue and people would not be burdened.