The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has awarded new tenders for 13 parking spots across the Inner, Outer and the Middle Circle of the market, which will be functional Friday onwards.
Giving in to the demand of traders, the civic body has also kept less than one-third of the area for storing construction material required for the ongoing restoration work of the heritage area.
The civic body has released around 12,000 square feet of area, which can accommodate around 1,700 vehicles. Estate department officials said as and when the restoration work is completed in each block, that space will also be tendered and made available for parking to further ease the problem.
“We have a deadline to meet and till then some space will be required to store construction material. Keeping in mind the problems faced by the people, we have released adequate space keeping only the minimum for our requirement,” said an NDMC official who declined to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Recently, as the restoration work began in the A Block and E Block in CP earlier this month, NDMC had closed parking lots near the two blocks for storing construction material and other security reasons.
The move had drawn flak from both traders as well as shoppers as more than 2,000 parking lots were left unmanned and space for 500 vehicles was completely removed.
“We had thought of shutting down parking lots at Outer and Middle Circle earlier to keep construction and storage material. But the traders requested us to make some amendments at a meeting and we decided to use alternative space at the corners of each block for the purpose,” said an NDMC official.