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Roadblock for MCD parking lot in walled city

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 23:23

New Delhi: The MCD`s plan to construct a
multi-level parking lot at the parade ground here to ease the
traffic woes in the congested walled city appeared to have run
into trouble.

The Archaeological Survey of India has raised objections
to the site in view of its proximity with various heritage
structures in the area, sources said.
The work on the Rs 50 crore multi-level under-ground car
parking had begun on Tuesday. The facility will accommodate
about 700 vehicles.

MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur said the corporation is yet
to receive a written communication or a formal order from the
ASI regarding the issue. "We will try to resolve all problems
and once the ASI is satisfied, we will continue with the
work," he said.
The MCD had selected the parade ground site after the
parking facility to be constructed at Shaheed Park was denied
ASI approval for being located within 100 metres of monuments
like Khooni Darwaza and Ferozeshah Kotla ruins.

Earlier last month, an organisation that holds Ramlila
celebrations at the ground every year, wrote to MCD protesting
against the proposed project saying that it will disrupt the
annual event.


First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 23:23
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