Taking a step towards ending parking woes at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the estate committee has sanctioned `62 crore for the second multi-level parking near new 0PD. The multi-story parking is going to be the biggest parking facility at the institute.
Currently, there is a threestorey parking facility near the new OPD, which has the parking capacity of nearly 600 cars.
With the total capacity of 640 vehicles, the new multi-level parking will have seven floors, plus basement, with each of the floor having a parking space for nearly 80 cars.
“The administration has approved the project for which `62 crore has been sanctioned. Now, a consultant will be hired to design the parking and then, the construction work will begin, ”said a senior officer of the engineering department, seeking anonymity. He added after the completion of paper work, the building would be ready within 12-15 months.
With more than 14,000 vehicles entering the premises on every day basis, finding parking space is a big problem the PGI staff as well as visitors. During peak hours (8am to 10 am), maximum traffic can be witnessed on the road leading to the New OPD building.
“Around 4,000 vehicles are parked at the three-storey multilevel parking in a day. At any given moment, around 750 cars (more than the actual capacity) can be seen parked inside, ”said another senior official, who also wished not to be named.
Meanwhile, the engineering department has also started the construction of a concrete and bituminous parking. “After expanding the ground-level parking lots, we will be able to make additional space for over 2,000 vehicles. We have expanded the advance cardiac centre parking and are working on stretching the parking facility behind the OPD, advance eye centre and drug deaddiction centre, ”said an officer.
During morning hours, the stretch from Gate 2 to the New OPD entrance remains blocked with vehicular traffic. To decongest the New OPD entrance and make it convenient for visitors to reach the OPD on time, it has been decided to construct a common pathway between the New OPD and seven-storey parking.