In a move that will ease congestion in Chandni Chowk, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Wednesday inaugurated a 1,020-car capacity underground multi-level parking lot. Mayor Rajni Abbi dedicated the parking located at Parade ground, Subhash Marg near Red Fort to the residents of the thickly populated walled city.
The parking has been constructed in two years at a cost of about Rs 52.83 crore. The three-level underground parking will cater to more than 720 cars, while the surface parking area will be utilised for parking of 300 cars.
The facility will be thrown open to the public in a few days time. "Two floors with a capacity of about 250 cars each will be thrown open first. There is still some pending work on the other two floors which will take some time to be operational," said an official of MCD.
Speaking on the occasion, Abbi said that the parking will help in easing parking problems. "The old city is famous among tourists who come to visit Jama Masjid and Red Fort. The area is also being used as a commercial hub which leads to the movement of large volume of vehicle. However, the scant space for parking was worrisome and therefore, the need arose to go for multi-level underground parking," she said.
Pointing out that nearly 1,000 new vehicles are added on a daily basis on Delhi roads, Abbi said that the problem of parking is going to be a major cause of concern in major cities such as Delhi. The Mayor said that by March end, as many as five parking projects will be completed.
According MCD officials, the parking has been designed for optimum space utilisation and has been made earthquake-resistant. All fire safety measures and efficient ventilation system has also been provided.