Automated parking sites to be put on fast track

The Municipal Corporation of Delhis (MCD) plan to construct fully automated car parking sites in the city might soon see the light of the day.
The civic body plans to construct 15 automatic parking lots across the city. While the parking sites will be underground, commercial complexes will be constructed above them. The civic agency claims these will be Indias first automated car parking-cum-commercial complexes. It currently maintains 143 surface parking lots that can accommodate only 15,000 vehicles at a time. The car parking sites will be made on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis. According to the civic body, the approximate cost of constructing one parking slot for a single car is Rs 13 lakh.

The parking lots will come up at Lajpat Nagar. Defence Colony, Greater Kailash I M Block, Shastri Park in Karol Bagh, Rani Bagh, South Extension Part I and II, Kutub Road, New Friends Colony, Chirag Delhi, Kalkaji among others. The largest car parking will come up at Shastri Park, with a capacity to park 2,000 cars. Karol Bagh is quite congested and there is a need for a bigger parking site to meet the growing demand. This parking lot will help ease traffic also, said a senior MCD official.

The bidders will collect parking charges and will earn revenue from the commercial complex as well, both of which will be leased out to them for 30-35 years. A proposal in this regard will be tabled in the standing committee of the civic body on Thursday. According to the civic body, these parking lots will come up within a span of two years. Around 25 per cent of the space will be kept aside for a commercial complex.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi
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