The locals will have to wait for another three months to use the first multi-level parking in Sector 17 as the civic body recently allotted the contract for installation of a power sub-station at the parking lot. The project has already missed the third deadline.
The parking, which has come up at the existing Gurdev parking, was to be completed in October last year; later, the deadline was extended to December 31, and then to April 1. Even mayor Arun Sood had assured people that everything had been finalised and they would throw the parking lot open on April 1.
Surprisingly, only three days ago, the civic body allotted the work of installing a sub-station at the parking lot to Chandigarh-based company, Sawhney Electricals. According to the contract, the contractor will finish the work in three months. Even the pathways and passage along the parking are yet to be completed and the work of installation of the automated parking system is also in progress.
A senior MC official said the contract of installation of the sub-station was recently given to the company. Though as per the agreement, he would complete the work in three months, he had assured them to complete it in two, he said.
When contacted, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said though the next date for its inauguration is yet to fixed, it would take some time as the work is yet to be completed. Former mayor Poonam Sharma had declared that the fee for the first four months should not be charged so that people got used to parking their vehicles at the lot.
The MC had allotted the construction work to Gautam Builders on October 15, 2013, at a cost of Rs 47 crore. The parking lot will be equipped with solar panels for lighting.
O Will accommodate 931 vehicles
O Will have four levels with eight lifts; the space is only for four-wheelers
O Fully automatic with two computerised ticket counters at entry and exit points
O The area earmarked for the project has been equally divided for parking and landscaping
O Rs 47 crore is the project cost
O Is on 4.78-acre area