IMC to handle parking
THE CRICKET crazy hordes expected to descend at Usha Raje Stadium for the India-England ODI on April 15 will have to shell out parking charges in addition to entrance fees. Visitors with VIP passes will, however, be allowed to station their vehicles free of cost.india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 14:58 IST
THE CRICKET crazy hordes expected to descend at Usha Raje Stadium for the India-England ODI on April 15 will have to shell out parking charges in addition to entrance fees. Visitors with VIP passes will, however, be allowed to station their vehicles free of cost.
The task of handling parking around the match venue, boasting a capacity of 23,000, has been delegated to the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC).
The civic body has decided to charge Rs 5 and Rs 10 as parking fees for two and four-wheelers respectively at the 10-odd lots selected to accommodate vehicular inflow. Three of these - Tennis Club, Abhay Prashal and the vacant lot outside the Indore Development Authority (IDA) office - will be reserved for players and VIPs.
The other parking areas - Bal Vinay Mandir, SGSITS, OTG Club, Swami Dayananda School and the open area on either side of Goma Ki Phel - will be open to all. A decision to this effect was taken after a post-venue inspection meeting between SP Adarsh Katiyar, Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) office-bearers.
According to IMC Market Officer Ramakant Pandey, the Corporation has decided to hand over the venues to private parking contractors although its staffers would be present at the site to oversee arrangements.
“A meeting with the contractors has been scheduled for 4 pm tomorrow and the lots will be handed over to the highest bidder,” revealed the official.
Traffic cops have appealed to vehicle owners to cooperate with the authorities by stationing their vehicles only in the designated parking areas. Vehicles parked on the road will be towed away and released only after a hefty fine, warned the cops.
Although Usha Raje Stadium can accommodate 23,000 persons more than twice the number is likely to throng the ground, come April 15. Questions have been raised about whether the venue would be able to cope with the expected deluge of visitors, especially when it comes to parking.
The stadium is located in densely populated area with inadequately sized exits. The entry gates and the approach roads are narrow, which leaves little room for administration and police to manoeuvre or regulate the crowd and traffic.