Motorists drive past parking facility, choose to leave vehicles on road
Earlier this year, city’s biggest automated parking lot was inaugurated at Baba Kharak Singh Marg with an aim to free-up road space for traffic movement and provide a secure parking facility for motorists.
Almost six months since its June inauguration, the parking lot has not been able to touch even the 400-cars-parked mark on any single day. Spread over 3.65 lakh sq feet, the parking facility can accommodate 1,408 vehicles.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) had joined hands with DLF, the private concessionaire responsible for the construction and maintenance of the facility, to bring the parking troubles in Connaught Place and neighbouring areas to an end.
But even now, drivers continue to park their vehicles on both sides of Baba Kharak Singh Marg and the parking mess in Connaught Place is no different.
To push up the number of users of the parking facility, the NDMC scrapped surface parking on Baba Kharak Singh Marg about two months ago. But that has not changed the status of the automated parking facility.
Project head of the DLF parking facility Benu Sehgal said: “We will say that a paradigm shift is needed to make the parking lot successful. NDMC could have been rigorous in asking people to park here. The government should help us to make the parking lot successful by enforcing its decision of curbing illegal parking near the multi-level parking and generating awareness among public by bringing in public figures.”
To encourage shoppers to use the state-of-the-art facility, NDMC had also introduced e-rickshaws shuttle service between the parking lot and Connaught Place. But only six such e-rickshaws are on the road.
The commercial outlets in the parking facility, however, are running successfully and most slots are already occupied. The 11-storey parking lot has space for 28 commercial units on the first two floors.
“NDMC scrapped the surface parking on Baba Kharak Singh Marg two months ago, making it compulsory for people to park in multilevel automated parking. People park on road and this chokes the traffic on both sides of the road. On the other side is the HoHo bus stand, and the drivers also park on the Hanuman temple side. The traffic police failed to take action. Even the Enforcement department has failed to ensure implementation of the decision of the council, as it involves religious sentiments,” a senior official at NDMC said.
Joint CP (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said: “Free parking in the area was discontinued by NDMC. They wanted the traffic police to enforce the ‘no parking rule’. We suggested that the NDMC should first put proper signage in the area declaring the area a ‘no parking zone’. We also suggested that they should construct a bollard to deter people from parking. Proper barricading has to be put before we start prosecution for improperly parked vehicles.”
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