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Parking problems at Metro

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2010 00:50 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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The Metro is going to bring a lot of cheer among Gurgaon residents whose daily commute to and from Delhi is nothing short of a feat.

But what the residents won’t like is that the massive Metro stations in the Millennium City will have very limited parking space. All the five upcoming stations put together would offer parking space for about 600 cars only.

The terminal HUDA City Centre Metro station in Sushant Lok, with a huge basement parking lot (21,000 sq meters for 485 cars), is meant for the occupants of commercial outlets at the station and not the passengers.

For them there are relatively smaller surface-parking lots at all the stations except at Sikanderpur Metro station, where the land for the parking lot is caught in a legal tangle.

Gurgaon Commissioner of Police S.S. Deswal said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has not provisioned for enough parking spaces at their stations in Gurgaon and there was a traffic chaos waiting to happen.

“Thousands of people would converge at the Metro stations in their vehicles and some of them would even like to park their cars at the station. And with very little parking space, it would be a chaotic scene,” Deswal said.

The commissioner said the police department would write to the DMRC for making arrangements for additional parking space.

The DMRC, however, claimed there is enough space at the stations.

“Barring MG Road Metro station that has a small parking capacity (for 25 cars only), we have large parking spaces on the surface levels on the three other stations,” said Daljit Singh, the chief project manager, Gurgaon line.

Residents can seek solace in the news that the Haryana Transport Department plans to ply about 150 feeder buses by August/September between Metro stations in Gurgaon.

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