Green signal for first multi-level car park in Thane, India

The illegal parking issue has been plaguing the city for a long time now. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has now initiated to solve this issue by building huge parking places for private buses and cars.
The civic body and its city development department are raising an ambitious multi-floor car park and a separate parking yard for the buses and an area of over 3,000 square metres has been reserved.

Thane that has lakhs of private vehicles has seen the TMC tackling the issue of traffic in around the station area by building Station Area Transport Improvement Scheme (SATIS) to over come the issue. However, there are still places where traffic snarls have left people harrowed. Leading the list of crowded places in the city is the LBS Road area near Mulund Check Naka. This spot sees heavy traffic of private buses and cars. Therefore the TMC has decided to start this parking spot projects at this spot to ease the traffic around this busy area.

The multi-floor car parking has been planned over a 1,100 square metres area reserved near Raheja Garden. The TMC initially has planned a two-floor parking spot with a capacity of around 80 cars. The project is likely to cost around Rs 65.60 lakh. Narendra Rane, an officer from TMC's city development department, informed, "An area of 1,100 square meters has been reserved for this two-floor parking project. As this is the first project of this kind, this will be run on an experimental basis. We will first run it on BOT basis and after that we will run it on Public Private Partnership basis. The project will help solve the issue of traffic from LBS Road to Thane Mental Hospital."

About the bus parking project, Rane said, "The parking projects include a huge parking yard for buses which will be built next to the multi-level car park over the area of 2,000 square metres. We have already got a green signal from the General Body (GB) House for the projects and have also got sanctions for funds. We are likely to incur expenses of around Rs 47.25 lakh for the bus parking project."

He further added, "We want to divert all the parked private buses at the bus parking yard and this will help clear the roads. We are also planning to have facilities such as a canteen and toilets at the parking yard."
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