Chandigarh: Three months report card of multi-level parking shows poor results as the parking fetched a meagre Rs one lakh as revenue. According to the report, submitted to Municipal Corporation, on an average 200 vehicles have been parked on daily basis at the parking. Multi-level parking has a capacity of 932 vehicles at all floors.
The city’s first multi-level parking was inaugurated by Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki with great pomp and show. However, parking went into controversies as MC announced the closure of two major open parking lots of Sector 17 to facilitate multi-level parking. It sparked political turmoil as many political leaders sought mileage out of it and finally Mayor bowed against agitators and directed to open said parking lots.
The contract of multi-level parking is due for renewal by August 8. MC, Joint Commissioner, Varinder Chaudhary said, “We have prepared the report to be tabled for consideration of the renewal of contract of multi-level parking. The contractor has also sought for the permission to put up advertisement hoardings which will be taken into consideration during the meeting. The contract expires on August 8.”
However sources in MC told that the plea of contractor has been allowed partially as UT has declined permission to put up advertisement hoardings on the surface of multi-level parking. The permission to put up hoardings in basement has been allowed.
A K Chauhan, managing director of the company who has been given the contract to run multilevel parking, said, “We are not getting good response as there is not even 50 percent of occupancy at parking. We have sought for the permission to put up advertisements before going in for renewal of the contract.”
The construction of parking lot, which can accommodate around 935 vehicles, came up on 4.78 acres of land and was started in October 2013 at an estimated cost of Rs 46.62 crore. The proposal for multi-level parking lot at the site was mooted in 2011 and MC General House approved it in March 2012.
Mayor’s decision bounces back
Mayor’s decision to close two major parking lots bounced back as political leaders supported the traders to get mileage out of it and was instrumental in getting the decision reversed. Mayor, Arun Sood said, “My decision was very much correct to close down two parking lots.
Nevertheless these two parking lots are to be closed finally under Smart City project. The major cause of poor response at multi-level parking is leaving two parking lots open.”
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