New Delhi: The city`s first automated underground multi-level car parking has been thrown open at the Delhi High Court which will ease the parking problems of lawyers, litigants and the staff.
Supreme Court Judge Justice D K Jain, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the parking built by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at a cost of Rs 182.71 crore.
Dikshit termed the opening of multi-level car parking as a "landmark day" for Delhi and said if required more such facility would be provided.
Addressing the gathering, Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A K Sikri thanked the government and DMRC for the facility said to Asia`s biggest.
The parking can accommodate 1,467 cars at six different basement levels. The first basement is `In and Out` level where car owners will have to leave their vehicles in one of the 20 car lifts available there.
The car would be automatically taken to lower floors at basement level 1 to 5 by the system and park at the available slot. The sixth basement is meant for SUVs. The censor at lift would identify the SUV and take it directly to sixth floor.
Apart from parking of 1,467 cars at various basement
levels, an additional parking of 51 cars is available at I/O level for any emergency situation. The maximum parking or retrieval time for a car would be three minutes.
Situated on Shershah Suri Marg opposite the High Court on a 9, 864-square metre plot, the parking has an aesthetic way with modern landscaping. Provisions have also been made for amphitheatre, sitting arrangements for general public, a cafeteria, drivers` lounge and public convenience facilities at deck level.
The parking has user-friendly signage and a pedestrian underpass connected with the High Court through a pedestrian way provided with escalator facility. The availability of parking lots would be displayed through digital signage at the entry point.
The MLCP project, whose foundation stone was laid in October 2008 by Dikshit, was planned by former DMRC Managing Director E Sreedhran on the direction of Delhi High Court Building Maintenance and Construction Committee.