Shortage of parking space is turning out to be a big problem at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. It isn’t just a problem for the staff or patients; it’s a trouble for anyone who has work at the premier institute.
How many lives are put at risk because those accompanying patients have to struggle to find a parking space while a patient’s condition deteriorates?
A recent study has found that more than 13,000 vehicles, including around 7,000 cars, enter the institute everyday against the parking capacity of just over 3,000 cars.
The study — Estimating capacity and level of service of PGIMER roads — conducted by the PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, was also published in the International Journal of Research in Advent Technology.
The traffic volume study was conducted on the working days from Monday to Saturday on both the gates (Gate 1 opposite Panjab University and Gate 2 on the Sector 11 side) for 10 hours from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
The study observed that Tuesday was the busiest day of the week when more than 14,000 vehicles enter the institute. The volume of vehicles entering the institute on Saturday (12,000 vehicle) was the lowest.
When it comes to hourly break-up, 2,520 vehicles enter the PGIMER between 8:30am and 9:30am on Tuesdays and the maximum number of vehicles coming out of the institute was 1,771 between 11:30am and 12:30 pm on Monday.
The study found that excessive delays occur with low running speeds and traffic congestion at various junctions and midblock sections.
Earlier, to save doctors from parking pangs, the PGIMER had introduced automated electronic barriers parking managed by radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, which open only to those having sensor chips placed on their vehicles.
The biggest parking facility at the institute is the multi-level parking in front of the New OPD building. It has a capacity to accommodate 550 cars. The institute is mulling to construct a new parking facility with capacity of around 750 cars at a cost of `119 crore. It will be the biggest parking facility at the institute and will be built in the area between the New OPD block and Advanced Eye Centre.