Noida: Roads bear the brunt as five parking facilities delayed
The authority had planned these facilities to create adequate parking space in five areas— the commercial hub of Sector 18, Sector 16A Film City, sectors 1,3 and 5 so that motorists do not park their vehicles on the roadside as it causes congestion.noida Updated: Dec 18, 2017 23:24 IST
The Noida authority’s five ambitious car parking projects, aimed at addressing parking woes, have been delayed due to the lengthy contractor selection procedure. Some of the lots that would have proved to be a boon in congested areas have been delayed by over a year.
The authority had planned these facilities to create adequate parking space in five areas— the commercial hub of Sector 18, Sector 16A Film City, sectors 1,3 and 5 so that motorists do not park their vehicles on the roadside as it causes congestion.
Residents, industrialists, traders and visitors continue to face problems in these areas amid a space crunch. However, authority officials said that they will finish these projects soon.
“The Noida authority should have completed these projects as per the scheduled deadline as parking space issues lead to problems in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. In the absence of adequate parking space, motorists park anywhere they find space. Illegal parking leads to traffic congestion and also dents the image of Noida, which is called a planned city,” said Surendra Nahta, micro small medium enterprise association, Noida.
Film City, sector 16A car parking
The three-storey facility proposed on an area of 19,202 square metres was started in July 2015 with a deadline of December 2016. But the authority could only dig for the foundation in the last two years. The contractor did not start work due to changes in the design and budget, officials said. It was supposed to accommodate 1,400 vehicles. Earlier the authority had allocated a budget of Rs 76.14 crore.
“Now we have prepared a new design of this parking facility and also prepared a new estimate. We have sent the estimate to the IIT-Delhi for approvals. Once the IIT approves the budget, we will take the project forward,” said Hom Singh Yadav, chief engineer, Noida authority.
Sector 18 multilevel parking
Work on the Sector 18 facility started on July 22, 2013, with a July 2015 deadline. It has missed multiple deadlines and the authority now hopes it will ready in March 2018. The eight-level parking facility with two basements is expected to accommodate over 3,000 cars. All private and government-run parking areas in Sector 18 market are filled to capacity and vehicles often spill on to roads, causing congestion, particularly during weekends.
“Civil work on this project is almost complete. We will finish electrical and other works before March,” Yadav said.
Sector 1 Block B parking
The authority in October 2016 started work on this 11,440 sqm facility. It was supposed to be ready in April 2018. But the authority is yet to lay the foundation. It was supposed to accommodate 500 cars. But as of now, only 15% of the foundation work is done, officials said. Sector 1 is home to offices and industrial units and parking is a major problem there.
“Our work on this project is under way. We will expedite the work and deliver the project next year without any delay,” Yadav said.
Sector 3 Block F parking
The facility has an area of 8,395 sqm and work started in January 2016. It was supposed to be ready by July 2017. It will accommodate 450 vehicles and 90% of the work is complete.
“We will finish the remaining 10% in the next 3-4 months. We hope to open this facility in April 2018,” said Yadav.
Sector 5 Harola village parking
It has an area of 6,971.58 sqm. The work on this project started in November 2015 with a deadline of January 2018. But the project got delayed owing to the slow pace of work. Meant to accommodate 324 vehicles, the facility will solve parking issues in Sector 3 and adjoining Sector 6.
“Sector 5 parking is almost ready. If all goes as per plans, then we will open this facility in the next one to two months,” Yadav said.