BKS marg parking to open for trial

The upcoming multi-level automated parking at Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place is likely to be thrown open for public on a trial basis before it is formally opened for commercial operations.

The trail is likely to last longer than the 20-day trial period of the first automated parking at Sarojini Nagar in south Delhi last year.

The officials of New Delhi Municipal Council  are wary of the repeat of last year’s technical snag at the parking at the South Square in Sarojini Nagar which had forced authorities to shut down the  parking for three days in December.

The officials are concerned on the technical failures and issueslike delay in retrieving cars. Therefore, all possible measures, including an extended trial, are being taken to make sure that the system meets all the parameters before opening it to public.

“A limited number of motorists will be allowed to park their car at the facility. Though in-house trials is on for over a month. The trail for public will help in putting to test the entire system on a real time basis,” said an NDMC official.

The state-of-the-art parking lot at the BKS marg has nine floors, of which two floors - ground and first - will have a shopping complex. NDMC officials say the facility, which can accommodate 1,408 cars at a time will solve the parking problem in the area.

However, any technical glitch can lead to traffic chaos on the BKS Marg as the road does not have surface level parking area near the upcoming automated parking facility.

Multi-level parking on Metro’s airport line
Commuters boarding the high-speed Airport Metro Express at Shivaji stadium would now be able to park their cars at the station as a multi-level parking would come into operation there by this month-end, Airport Metro officials said on Monday. It will space for 1,400 cars.

The parking, located on B K S Marg near Connaught place, would bring relief also to those who are not taking the train. “The multi-level parking lot will provide additional commuter convenience and connectivity to the Airport Metro. These parking lots can be used by non-commuters who want to park their cars and enjoy the retail experience at these Metro stations,” said a spokesperson for Reliance Infrastructure, the company which executed the Airport Metro project.

A multi-level car parking already exists at  the New Delhi Airport station. The airport line gets about 20,000 passengers everyday. The metro authorities expect more with the opening of car parking facilities.

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