New Delhi: After several delays, the national capital`s second automated multi-level car parking with a capacity of 1,408 vehicles, opened on Tuesday.
Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore, the parking, Capitol Point, is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in central Delhi.
It has been designed by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and builders DLF under the pubic private partnership mode.
The 10-floor parking lot was inaugurated by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
It was scheduled to open in January, but got delayed since its trials were not completed on time.
"The increasing number of vehicles on the city`s roads leads to congestion. It is a major problem in every Indian city," said Chidambaram.
"So projects like this will help us make optimal use of land. It will also help tackle problems like congestion."
"The automated multi-level car parking provides parking solutions for maximum vehicles in minimum space. This facility will emerge on the Delhi skyline as a symbol of modern-day India on the road to global lifestyle," he said.
Sheila Dikshit said that about 1,000 vehicles were being registered in Delhi everyday and about 15 lakh people commute to commercial complex and government office in the NDMC area.
The parking fee will be Rs.10 per hour in the ten-storeyed complex, which will have retail outlets and restaurants on the ground and the first floor.
"We are confident that this parking facility will ease the parking situation at Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place," said NDMC chairperson Archna Arora.
According to NDMC, the parking has lifts, palettes and computerised control systems and the driver will get full details from the information board immediately after reaching the main gate.
The parking information of the vehicle will be recorded on a camera. The driver will drive the car to the channel palette from where the machine will use the lifts to park the car in an empty space.
A multi-level car parking with a capacity of 824 vehicles has already been commissioned at south Delhi`s Sarojini Nagar market.
NDMC said many more such projects are in the pipeline to ease parking problems in the city.