Inordinate delay in completing the multilevel parking at Sector 18 is causing congestion in the market as vehicles remain parked along the roads. The federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (Fonrwa) has demanded action against the contractor. Opening of the parking lot has been deferred thrice in the past.
In February, the Noida authority had partially opened the multilevel lot and this resulted in a litigation. The move was withdrawn following a court order. The parking lot has the capacity to accommodate nearly 4,000 vehicles.
In the absence of a parking facility in the area, all roads in and around the Sector 18 remain choked, particularly during weekends when the number of visitors to the market increases manifold.
“We have received complaints from traders as well as visitors about the roadside parking chaos leading to congestion on a daily basis. The situation in Sector 18 is worse as people from across the national capital region (NCR) visit this area for shopping and they park their vehicles at any place along the road. We demand action against the contractor if there is a delay on his part in opening the multilevel parking lot,” said AN Dhawan, secretary general, Fonrwa.
“The multilevel car parking of six floors -- including two basements -- can accommodate 4,000 vehicles and was expected to open in December 2015. Later, the date was deferred to March and then to June and it is yet to open,” Dhawan said.
The multilevel parking plan was chalked out to decongest the shopping complex of Sector 18 and the work started in April 2013. Those visiting Setor 18 market, Atta market, Mall of India, Great India Place (GIP) were to avail this facility.
“We have tightened the noose on the contractor responsible for its construction. We will open it by the end of the year,” said AK Goel, chief project engineer (CPE) Noida authority.
The shop owners of Sector 18 market have appealed to the Noida authority and traffic police to fix unauthorised parking on market premises.
“We have written to the Noida authority several times and appealed to the traffic police to fix entry and exit points for our market. There should ideally be one entry and exit as opposed to four or five entries and exits we have at present,” said SK Jain, president of Sector 18 market association.