The government has approved the establishment of a multi-level parking on the land of Old Jail building situated in the busy Banga road market here with a view to resolve traffic problems being faced by commuters.
The project of the municipal corporation (MC) to establish a multi-storey car parking, worth approximately Rs 11-crore, will have four floors and capacity to park as many as 250 cars at a time.
Officials of the MC said the government has approved the detailed project report (DPR) for establishing the car parking and building plan has been prepared.
However, MC authorities have not yet received any funds from the government to accomplish the project but authorities are hoping to receive the financial grant within a month or two.
As per information, the Phagwara City police station was being run from the earmarked building earlier and the building was lying vacant from the past many years after the police station was shifted to the nearby newly established building as the old building was declared unsafe.
On getting to know about the problems being faced by commuters in the crowded market, the MC officials selected the site of the Old Jail building for building a multi-level parking and sent the DPR to the government.
The Banga road witnesses heavy rush as it is linked with all the major markets, which have narrow streets, including Bansa Vala Bazar and Sarafan Bazar.
People who come to the market especially for shopping face a huge parking problem and are forced to park their vehicles on the roadside, causing traffic jams and inconvenience to the commuters in the evenings.
Phagwara MLA Som Parkash, who is also the chief parliamentary secretary of the department of local government, said the building was lying vacant and there was dire need of parking in the area as people were facing traffic bottlenecks and lack of space for parking.
He said land was acquired from the police department after clearance from the government a building plan has already been drawn up for establishing the multi-storey parking.
“We are only waiting for the release of funds from the government and will immediately float tenders to start the project after receiving funds,” he added.