Multi-level car parking at city centre to be ready by year-end

The multi-level car parking coming up at the erstwhile State Motor Garages (SMG) in the city-centre will be operational by the end of this year

Officials said work on the project is going on round-the-clock to complete the ramp-type parking facility much before its deadline in April 2020.

An official said unlike the semi-mechanised parking in the city-center, the car parking facility being constructed by Srinagar Development Authority will be much cost-effective for the users.

“There is an urgent need for a designated car parking in the city centre as number of cars has increased manifold. Keeping this in view, speed of work on this project has been increased and we have started night shifts. We hope to make the ramp-type parking operational by December this year,” the official said.

“We have seen the way people have been hesitant to pay Rs 30- 40 for the mechanised parking which involves a huge operational cost. This new parking will be much cheaper due to its low maintenance,” he said.

Being constructed at a project cost of Rs 26.92 crore, four floors of the multi-level parking are being constructed with the help of funding under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), a centrally sponsored scheme aimed for developing city infrastructure.

“This parking facility will have three upper storeys used for commercial purpose to be constructed with help of SDAs own resource,” the official said. 

He said the parking facility will have two approach stairs , five elevators and one ramp. “Surface parking will have a capacity for 43 vehicles and in addition 150 two-wheelers can also be parked here,” he said. The site area for SMG parking is 13.01 kanals with a proper entry and exit points,” he said.

The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is the nodal agency while SDA would be the implementing agency for the new multi-level parking lots. The official said work on the Sheikh Bagh multi-level parking, which had started at the same time as the SMG parking, has been comparatively moving at a slower pace. As per the initial project plan, Sheikh Bagh parking will accommodate 400 four-wheelers and 42 two-wheelers and be surrounded by 71 shops. “The Sheikh Bagh parking might take almost one year more for completion than the city center parking,” he said.