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Panchkula: Haphazard parking, traffic congestion and struggle to find parking space are the most common scenes witnessed daily outside the Mini-Secretariat and the District Courts Complex in Panchkula. However, the administration, following the parking mess, is depending on the multi-level project slated to come up in May 2017, but they do not have any immediate plans to solve the issue.
Also, with a huge rush of visitors to the Mini-Secretariat, which houses offices of all senior district-level officers, and litigants to the District Courts Complex nearby, the parking space is limited and most of the visitors park their vehicles on the roadside which leads to scuffles over parking.
Four-wheelers and two-wheelers are thus parked either alongside the road or on the pavement, and the problem is perennial for those visiting the District Courts.
Meanwhile, in a move to end parking woes of residents visiting the Mini-Secretariat and the District Courts Complex, Sector 1, the district administration has planned a multi-level parking lot outside the Mini-Secretariat, the work on the same is under way.
The ambitious project of multi-level parking was announced in 2013, but remained on paper due to lack of adequate funds.
The multi-level parking project has been under construction on one-acre plot in Sector 1, outside the District Courts Complex where the parking lot is currently maintained by the District Red Cross Society.
“All arrangements have been made by the administration, and the work is going on smoothly, which is likely to conclude in May 2017. This multi-level parking lot will have a capacity of parking around 500 vehicles with administrative offices on the upper floors,” said Harpal Singh, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department.
As per the layout plan, the first three floors, two basements and a ground floor, of the six-storeyed building will be reserved for parking of vehicles and the upper three floors will house offices of the district-level officers.
Some offices from the Mini-Secretariat will also be shifted to the building.
The construction of the multi-level parking lot is one of the long-pending demands of the residents of Panchkula.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Garima Mittal said, “We have got complaints from people regarding parking of vehicles but ultimately it is our multi-level parking project which will solve the problem.
It is the first of its kind project in Panchkula as there is no other multi-level parking here and also it is a project which will be beneficial in future too.”