The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has missed the March 31 deadline of making the parking at Chandni Chowk Parade Ground operational.
The deadline was set by the Delhi High Court. The north body has been able to open only two levels of the underground parking. The parking has four levels, one on the ground and three underground. Only the ground and the upper basement level have been made operational so far.
The civic body officials said some “last-minute work” is being done on the other floors.
Traders of Chandni Chowk have complained to municipal commissioner PK Gupta about the delay. “We would request you to kindly look into the issue and ensure that the parking be made fully operational as per the undertaking given to the Delhi High Court,” wrote the Chandni Chowk Sarv Vypar Mandal.
According to the traders’ body president Sanjay Bhargava, the absence of parking is increasing the pressure on the already congested market, which does not have enough space.
“During weekends when the number of visitors increases, it becomes very difficult to commute in Chandni Chowk as people park cars on the roadside, choking up the carriageway,” he said.
Traders also complain that the nearby Gandhi Ground parking is also in a bad shape and needs renovation.
“The parking is open for the public and people are using it. It is only a matter some time before the entire structure is operational,” said leader of the House Mahender Nagpal.
The unified MCD in February 2012 had inaugurated the 1,020-car capacity underground multi-level parking lot in a hurry even before the structure had been completed.
The underground parking will cater to more than 720 cars, while the surface parking area will be utilised for parking of 300 cars.
The parking has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 52 crore.