Eight years after it was proposed in 2007, construction work on the second multi-level parking in Sector 17 opposite the Circus Ground, still hangs fire. This is even as the number of vehicles entering the sector has increased manifold to 4,600 per day.
Repeated requests for speedy execution by area councillor Pardeep Chhabra and officials concerned to the authorities have failed to get the project off the ground.
“This is due to the lethargic attitude and red tape of the officials concerned who are not taking the project work seriously,” said Chhabra.
It was in 2007, when the MC allotted the contract for construction of the multi-level parking lot to a Delhi-based agency, but in 2009, the agency had appealed for arbitration after delay was caused due to several roadblocks that hit the project.
The arbitrator gave the award of `1.5 crore in favour of the agency. Later, the MC approached the district court against the decision of the arbitrator, which is still pending in the court.
Surprisingly, the MC has not even cancelled the agreement with the firm in past eight years. JOSTLING FOR SPACE
On the other hand, at present, in the six parking lots of Sector 17, only 1,000 vehicles can be accommodated daily, where the number of vehicles daily has gone to 4,600, as per the UT administration survey.
Though the first multi-level parking at place of the existing Gurdev Parking lot in Sector 17 will be ready by July end this year, it will accommodate just 925 four-wheelers.
But, with the coming of second multi-level parking, there will be a huge relief for commuters as it will be able to accommodate nearly 350 vehicles.
WHAT CIVIC BODY OFFICIALS SAY
A senior MC official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “I have requested the authorities for the construction of second multi-level parking as there is dire need of it. Arbitration has nothing to do with it and the MC can start the work any time after cancelling the deal with the firm that was allotted the project work.” However, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said,
“We have to prepare fresh estimate and designs for the project as previous estimates were done by the agency. Soon, we will prepare the designs and send to UT chief architect for approval.”