The BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation will finally deliver on the five-year-old promise by the unified MCD to provide parking spaces in the district.
The North municipal body has decided to inaugurate its first automated multi-level parking at Kamla Nagar on April 20. A week later, the conventional multi-level parking at Model Town will be inaugurated.
Incidentally, both the projects work would be declared open to the public in the year which is set to witness assembly elections in the city. Both the BJP-ruled civic bodies and the Congress-ruled state government have been in an overdrive to woo voters."The Kamla Nagar parking is complete and so is the Model Town parking. Once they are opened, the visitors in these areas will find enough space to park their cars," said a senior official. The corporation has at least seven parking projects, on which work was on for the past five years.
A host of inauguration functions would be held to woo voters since the assembly elections are scheduled later this year. The civic body has completed the tender process for parkings at Rani Bagh and Ashok Vihar and the projects may be announced to get political mileage.
The Kamla Nagar automated multi-level parking was announced in 2007 and the Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna laid the foundation stone.
The parking project is spread over 3,200 square metres and has seven levels that will accommodate 834 cars and 300 scooters.
Once completed, the project will provide a much-needed breather to the Kamla Nagar market, which currently witnesses congestion as visitors leave their vehicles on the roadside.
“When the project is inaugurated on April 20, it will be thrown open for the public for trial. Parking charges will be imposed only when we are satisfied that the system is properly working,” said leader of the House Mahender Nagpal.
The municipal body may also have to face disappointment as the other two automated multi-level parking in the city are not very popular with the commuters.
Built by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the Baba Kharak Singh Marg and the Sarojini Nagar parkings are still being under-utilised.
North Corporation is not the only municipal body that is trying to complete its projects before the assembly elections. South Corporation last week announced that work orders for parking projects at Defence Colony, Munirka and Subhash Nagar have been given.