Initially part of the Games projects, multi-level parking lots were ingloriously dropped from the list when the civic agencies failed to meet the deadlines. Now that the Games are over, whether these projects will actually see the light of day or not is a question that remains to be answered. Getting clearances for these projects will also be tough now that the Games are over.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had planned 15 automated multi-level parking lots, 24 conventional parking lots and four stack parking. Sadly, none of these parking lots are ready. Worse, some of them are even getting dropped from the list due to objections from various authorities. For instance, the GK-II underground multi-level parking lot would have eased the area’s parking troubles, but it has now been termed unfeasible due to technical reasons.
Also, the Hamilton Road multi-level parking lot has been embroiled in a legal tussle, with the civic body taking up the matter with the Bar Association. Also, two of the 24 conventional parking lots at Shalimar Bagh and Aurobindo Place have been rejected by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) respectively. So, even before a single multi-level parking lot is ready, the list has already started getting thinner.
The NDMC was also supposed to come up with three multi-level parking lots at KG Marg, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and Sarojini Nagar. While work has started on two, the KG Marg lot is yet to get ASI clearance. It might even get scrapped.
Officials claim if these projects had started before the Games, they would have got the clearances. “Now that the Games are over these projects are not the priority which means delays will happen in getting the clearances,” said a senior MCD official.
While planning for these projects has been going on for seven years, the residents have been jostling for space. Worse, the number of surface parking lots have been reduced.
On a daily basis, an average 900 new vehicles are added to Delhi’s roads. “It takes time to get clearances and we have started work on some of them. There is a process and we need to follow that,” said MCD commissioner KS Mehra.