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Delhi looking skyward to solve its parking puzzle

Delhi looking skyward to solve its parking puzzle

Part Of 17-Storey Automated Facility Opened; To Be Fully Operational Soon

New Delhi:

The city got its first tower parking on Thursday when Union urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri inaugurated the modern facility on Aurobindo Marg at Green Park. The 17-storey prefabricated steel structure with automated vehicle placement lifts is touted as the model solution to the parking woes in the spacestarved capital. Puri confirmed this when he remarked, “The public-private partnership model, with the government providing gap viability funds, can be the way forward. My ministry will provide full support to such projects.”

While only two 39.5-metre towers were inaugurated on Thursday, SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti assured that all four towers would become operational within a month. There would be added facilities like toilets, baby sitting room and waiting rooms for drivers.

The foundation stone of the parking was laid in March last year. Mayor Sunita Kangra said that despite financial crunch in SDMC, it was able to execute the project in nine months. “Inaugurating these two towers is an achievement, given shortages in our budget,” Kangra said.

Delhi has more than 75 lakh active vehicles, but the municipal corporations have space to accommodate just 94,000 vehicles in 434 surface, stack and multilevel parking facilities. That is why optimum use of space was so important. The Green Park facility offers fully automated parking within a small space of 236 sq metres. The structure can hold 136 vehicles in the four towers. While the first to fourth floors have been designed to park 32 SUVs or big vehicles, the fifth to seventeenth floors can hold 104 sedans, an SDMC official said.

The two towers now operational have space for 68 cars. “Tower parking requires a 1.5-sq metre space to park a car compared with 30 sq m necessary in conventional parking,” explained Bharti. He said that four other automated parking lots are being developed in south Delhi. While those at Adhchini and Lajpat Nagar will be completed in another four months, bids have been invited for similar structures at New Friends Colony and Nizamuddin. Some residents have, however, expressed concern that high-rise steel structures like these would affect the aesthetics of the capital’s skyline.

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, present at the inauguration, said that when he assumed office, he realised parking and traffic management were among the biggest problems faced by Delhi. “These prefabricated parking lots are easier to set up as well as more user friendly than the brick-mortar parkings,” Baijal said. He asked SDMC and the traffic police to ensure that all roadside parking was now curbed. “When traffic flow is smooth, the pollution level also goes down,” he added.

According to an SDMC official, a car would first be parked on the robotic arm by an attendant. Capable of 360-degree swivelling, the arm would pick up the vehicle and place it on a platform to be taken up by a lift to an empty slot on any of the 17 floors. It can be recalled by pressing the car number on the input screen on the ground floor. The retrieval time for a vehicle will be three minutes.