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Underground parking project in Mumbai picks up pace

BMC appoints a contractor to study feasibility of underground parking lots in Madanpura and Bandra

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2017 10:00 IST
Eeshanpriya M S
Eeshanpriya M S
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Underground parking,Traffic
The plan is to decongest the space starved city.(Hindustan Times)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) plan to construct underground parking lots in Mumbai may turn into a reality as it has appointed architect Hafeez Contractor as a consultant to study feasibility of underground parking lots at Zhula Maidan in Madanpura and Raosaheb Patwardhan Park at Linking Road in Bandra. The appointment of the consultant was finalised in Wednesday’s standing committee meeting.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta had announced the BMC’s plans to construct underground parking to address the acute shortage of parking space in his budget speech for 2017-2018. However, the idea to construct underground parking was first mooted in the civic body in 2009 and then it did not take off. A senior civic official said, “Mumbai is facing acute shortage of parking space, which leads to severe traffic jams, especially on arterial roads. The city needs underground parking spaces to address both issues.”

Hafeez Contractor has now been appointed to conduct a feasibility study for the two parking lots and carry out soil testing of the plots, design a plan, and oversee the construction process.

A civic official said, “Since the parking is underground, the BMC will have to take into consideration shifting of underground utilities, such as water and storm water drain pipelines. That is why the architect consultant is needed.”

As per the original plan, the BMC estimated creation of 900 parking spaces under Zhula​ Maidan, which is approximately divided into 300 spaces for four-wheelers, and 600 for two-wheelers. On the other hand, the proposed underground parking lot at Raosaheb Patwardhan Park will be able to accommodate approximately 600 vehicles.

The civic body recently floated tenders to appoint consultants for the project and received 12 responses. Hafeez Contractor bagged the contract with the standing committee’s approval. The BMC will pay the consultant 2% of the total cost of the project.

Construction of the underground parking lot at Zulla Maidan is set to cost BMC Rs57.35 crore, of which Rs1.14 crore will be paid to the consultant. The parking space in Bandra is estimated to cost BMC Rs88 crore, of which Rs1.76 crore will be paid to the consultant. Rais Shaikh, corporator of Madanpura area, and also group leader of Samajwadi Party in BMC, said, “Hafeez Contractor has assured us that he will be able to fast forward work and complete tendering process for the construction within two months.”

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 10:00 IST