Get ready to shell out more money to park your car in the busy Connaught Place (CP). Delhi's first computerised, multi-level parking lot is all set to open shortly at Baba Kharak Singh Marg.
The building's civic structure is complete and currently machinery is being installed by the private company that is constructing it.
According to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), three floors of the building have been commissioned and mechanical work has also been carried out. The parking lot has one basement, one ground floor and nine floors on the top. Work on rest of the floors is underway.
To park your car, you will have to shell out Rs 10 per hour, whereas currently Rs 10 is charged for parking the vehicles for two hours in CP.
"We hope to complete the work related to testing and commissioning by February and will try to make it operational by March end," said a senior NDMC official.
Once commissioning and testing has been carried out, the NDMC seek clearance from the Delhi Arts Urban Commission and Delhi Fire Services.
Under this automatic system, the cars will be whisked away in lifts as soon as they book into the multi-level parking lot, and directed by computers into vacant slots, and similarly brought back to the car owner once he/she returns.
Unlike the ramp multi-level parking lots where the driver has to go all the way to the parking area to park the vehicle, under this system the lifts will move the cars to the upper levels depending on the vacant space. Just like an airport conveyor machine, the cars, once parked inside, will continue to move vertically or horizontally depending on the vacant spots. At a given point 1,408 vehicles can be parked in this lot.
"Once a car is placed on the platform, a computer command will indicate where to deposit the vehicle. The process for retrieval will hardly take two minute," added the official. A smart card will also be issued to the car owner which will have a unique identification number linking the car details to the pallete on which the vehicle will be placed. Bigger cars such as SUVs will have a different parking space inside the parking lot. The parking lot is being built on a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis and the construction work had started in October 2009.