A proposed commercial complex in place of a parking lot at Delhi Vishwavidyalaya Metro station has irked daily commuters.
Hundreds of people, working in Central Delhi, Old Delhi and neighbouring areas park their vehicles at Delhi Vishwavidyalaya Metro station and board a metro. Commuters complain closing down one of the two parking lots would spell chaos.
Delhi Metro had opened two parking lots, one towards Delhi University (known as west side of the Metro station) side and the other towards Banarsi Das Estate (known as east side of the station) when Delhi Metro opened its Delhi Vishwavidyalaya-Central Secretariat section.
With the extension of the section up to Jehangirpuri, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials argued that the load on Delhi Vishwavidayalaya station had reduced and closed down the parking on west side of the station. The lot, said commuters, accommodate over 500 cars every day.
It was only after the commuters pursued the matter with Delhi Metro that the parking lot has been made available to them, but temporarily.
The land, the DMRC said, has been earmarked for property development and been allotted to a builder.
Of the 14,000 square feet of parking area which is available for parking now, only 2200 square metres on east side will be available for parking once the builder starts construction.
“Once this parking is closed, there will be chaos. Instead of developing a commercial complex, the DMRC should retain this land for parking,” said Rajiv Mehrotra, who commutes between Delhi Vishwavidyalaya and Chawri bazaar every day.
A large number of people from Shakti Nagar, Roop Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Yamuna Vihar in North East Delhi park their vehicles at west side parking lot as well.
“It will be a disservice to senior citizens like me who find it convenient parking their vehicles at Delhi Vishwavidyalaya, take the lift down to the platform and board the Metro for Chandni Chowk or Chawri bazaar stations,” said Pradeep Seth, who has a hardware shop in Chawri bazaar and lives in Yamuna Vihar.
DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said the plot was earmarked for property development long back and cannot be converted into a parking lot.
“To solve parking problems, we are trying to get land at other Metro stations on that section. DMRC is also exploring the possibility of multi-level parking lots to solve parking issues,” said Dayal.