Opening of Sector 18 multilevel car parking in Noida delayed yet again
Noida Authority will now open an eight-level facility with two basements only by October 30.
The Noida authority will once again miss the October 2 deadline for making the city’s first multilevel car park facility in Sector 18 operational. The facility, which was planned to relieve vehicular congestion on roads in the area, is still under construction.
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 the roads, causing congestion, particularly during weekends.
Work on the Sector 18 parking facility started on July 22, 2013, with a July 2015 deadline. After a meeting with officials on August 4 this year, the then-chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida authority Amit Mohan Prasad revised the inaugural date to October 2. But with some construction work still pending, the authority has rescheduled its opening to October 30.
“We have decided to open this facility to motorists from October 30 because some work is yet to be finished. We recently completed laying the roof for the top floor; now the lift shafts are being built,” said SC Mishra, senior project engineer of the Noida authority. “We will not miss October 30 deadline,” Mishra said.
The authority has also floated a tender for hiring an operations manager for the car park. “We have floated tenders twice in the past to select an operator, but so far only two agencies have applied for the project. Now we are floating the tender for a third time. Once we have three agencies vying for the project, we will select the best one for the job. We aim to select an operator before October 30,” Mishra said.
Completion of the car park was delayed when a resident moved the Allahabad High Court in September 2015 against the Noida authority opening the structure for use while it was still under construction; the authority had opened two levels for paid parking in May 2015. Construction was stayed till the court disposed the matter on February 4, 2016. The court directed the Noida authority to complete the project first, and not allow parking until the work is complete.
The authority has also finalized new parking rates for Sector 18 that significantly less than the rates for parking along the sides of the road.
“We will charge ₹10 per hour for four-wheelers and ₹5 per hour for two-wheelers inside the parking facility. Traders can take monthly pass for ₹2,000 for four-wheelers and ₹1,000 for two-wheelers,” said Mishra, adding that they will charge more for parking along the sides of the road to discourage people.
Currently, the Noida authority charges ₹20 for parking four-wheelers and ₹10 for two-wheelers for 14 hours (9am to 11pm) along the roads in the market.