DLF will operate Noida’s first multilevel parking facility from Feb 1
Visitors can use the parking from 8am to midnight every day. The parking facility has two basements, one ground floor and five floors above it.Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:28 IST
The Noida authority on Wednesday said that DLF, a private agency, will open the city’s first eight-floor multilevel car park facility on Thursday. The authority has hired the DLF for managing operations of this parking facility for seven years.
Visitors can use the parking from 8am to midnight every day. The parking facility has two basements, one ground floor and five floors above it.
“Commuters will have to pay Rs30 for the first two hours and Rs10 per additional hour for parking four-wheelers. For two-wheelers, the charges will be Rs10 for the first two hours and Rs5 per subsequent hour. The authority will impose a penalty of Rs1,000 and Rs500 for parking of a four-wheeler and two-wheeler, respectively, in unauthorised areas of Sector 18,” SC Mishra senior project engineer of the Noida authority, said.
The multilevel car park can accommodate 2,820 cars and 180 two-wheelers. On the surface, 1,060 four-wheelers and 280 two-wheelers can be parked. The authority has made 18,000 square metres of area available for surface parking on roads in Sector 18, officials said.
The multilevel car park was supposed to be a smart car park but, the authority is yet to finish some facilities inside the parking.
“Boom barriers, digital display, sensors and CCTV cameras will be installed in the next three months to make it a smart car park facility,” Mishra said.
Traders and those who have their offices in Sector 18 can get a monthly pass as well, officials said. They will be charged Rs1,000 per month for parking four-wheelers and Rs500 per month for two-wheelers.
Officials said that others will be charges Rs1,500 and Rs750 for monthly passes to park four-wheelers and two-wheelers, respectively.
However, traders are unhappy with the decision. “Shopkeepers of the market should not be charged for parking their vehicles. They are asking us to pay Rs1,000 per month for parking our vehicles in our own market. Why should traders be asked to pay for parking their vehicles in their own market,” SK Jain, president, Sector 18 Market Traders Association, said.
He said he was surprised to know about the decision of the Noida authority to start the facility from February 1. “This is a decision that has been taken without keeping the stakeholders in the loop. We should have been consulted before the facility was started,” Jain said.
Work on the Sector 18 parking facility started on July 22, 2013, with a deadline of July 2015. However, it got delayed due to a funds crunch and litigation.
Previously, Amit Mohan Prasad, then Noida authority chief executive officer, had fixed October 2, 2017, as the opening date but it was later rescheduled to October 30, 2017.
In May 2015, the Noida authority had partially opened two floors of the facility while it was under construction. However, KR Chitra, a resident, moved the Allahabad high court in September 2015 and obtained a stay on the grounds that it was unsafe to use the building for parking while it was still being built.
Disposing of the matter, the high court had directed the Noida authority to complete the project at the earliest and not to allow parking until the work is over.
Earlier, the Noida authority used to charge Rs20 for parking four-wheelers and Rs10 for two-wheelers, for 14 hours (9am to 11pm) along the market roads.
First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:28 IST