The new parking lot set up by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) at the Iffco Chowk Metro station has come as a big relief to several commuters in the city who have to struggle every day to manage parking space for their vehicles.
The new parking facility has increased parking capacity by 100 cars and 200 two-wheelers. The authority may also set up similar parking areas at other Metro stations depending on availability of land, Huda officials said.
“We will see whether the facility can be extended to other Metro stations or not. The requirement will be looked into and the logistics can be worked out before we move ahead,” said Huda administrator Praveen Kumar. Iffco Chowk is one of the five Metro stations in Gurgaon, the others being Huda City Centre, MG Road, Sikanderpur and Guru Dronacharya. All stations have parking lots provided by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) with a combined car parking capacity of 1,040 vehicles.
This is the first time extra parking space has been provided by an agency other than DMRC, considering the inconvenience being faced by large number of commuters due to lack of parking slots.
Metro users, however, will have to shell out a relatively higher fare at the Huda parking lot as compared to the existing DMRC area. While DMRC charges R20 for the first six hours of parking, Huda will levy R10 for the first two hours and R20 up to four hours.
For parking you vehicle between four and eight hours, Huda will charge R30 or more that goes up to R40 for 24 hours.
Residents, however, are happy that lack of parking space at one of the busiest Metro stations of Gurgaon will not be a problem anymore. “I prefer to take the Metro to work as it is more convenient. But often, I find the parking full and have to drive down to Delhi. The new parking lot will hopefully ease the pressure,” said Manish Kushwaha, a Gurgaon resident.
The new Huda parking lot is already receiving an average of 50 cars and 100 two-wheelers over the last few days.