Eight years after floating a 4,000-car capacity multi-level parking in Udyog Vihar, area promoter Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) is now working on a plan to convert the allocated site into a temporary parking area which can accommodate around 1,000 cars.
The six-acre site in Udyog Vihar Phase-5 comprises the initially identified four-acre land for the multi-level parking lot and the adjoining two acres earmarked for a park.
The new arrangement is likely to be in place within the next 2-3 months, said HSIIDC officials.
The move will provide some relief to the parking problem in Udyog Vihar as Gurgaon's industrial hub grapples with severe traffic congestion. Around 50,000 vehicles visit the area every day.
The office hub houses nearly 12,500 industrial units, including large IT companies, apart from two five-star hotels.
In 2004, the then state chief minister Om Prakash Chautala had laid the foundation stone for a multi-level parking at the four-acre site but later HSIIDC put the land under the "best use plan" after confronting "feasibility issues in terms of cost of the project."
Sites under the "best use plan" are assessed by consultants to be identified for a use which could be of optimum benefit. The site requires to be cleared and levelled as it is presently covered with shrubs and wild growth.
"We will float tenders to prepare the parking lot which will have a granular sub-base and entry and exit gates. The gated parking lot will cost around R25 lakh," said a senior HSIIDC official.
The entry and exit to the new parking space which will come up near the HSIIDC office, will not open on the service lane towards the Gurgaon expressway but on the internal road. As the internal road is not too wide, only one-way traffic will be allowed.
"We will send a request to the traffic police department in this regard," added the HSIIDC official.
Earlier, the corporation had planned an ambitious parking project extending up to 1.5 kilometre over the Nathupur drain between Phase 5 near NH-8 and the Old Delhi Road near Jwala Mills. The plan is yet to take off due to pending approvals from the corporation's head office in Panchkula.