SRINAGAR: Srinagar city is set to have two additional parking slots in the next two years to address the menace of illegal roadside parking that has emerged as one of the major causes of traffic snarls in the city.
The multi-crore projects are to be executed by the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) at a cost of Rs 55 crore at Sheikh Bagh near Tyndale Biscoe School and at Press Enclave.
Over a hundred men and their various machines have been at work at both sites ever since the department took up the project in April last year. In Sheikh Bagh the foundation-laying process is underway, while in Press Enclave the foundation work has been completed and concrete columns are being erected.
SDA Executive Engineer Javeid Ahmad Qadri told Kashmir Reader that the projects are expected to be completed in a span of three years. “The construction process of establishing these parking lots began in April (last year), and it’s expected to be completed in three years,” Qadri told Kashmir Reader adding that SDA is hopeful of accomplishing the construction prior to the given deadline, if the situation remains peaceful.
The Press Enclave parking lot would come at a cost of Rs 30 crore while the one in Sheikh Bagh would be constructed at a cost of Rs 25 crore. “Both the identified spaces have 13 kanals of land, and we are constructing four-storey buildings.”
The parking lots, Qadri said, would not be mechanised, like the one near the old KMD bus stand, but will be built on ramps, accommodating over a thousand vehicles, both four- as well as two-wheeled ones. “Press Enclave building will have parking capacity of 467 four-wheelers and 150 two-wheelers, and Sheikh Bagh building can accommodate 430 four-wheelers and 50 two-wheelers,” Qadri said.
Car parking that uses ramps facilitates direct entry to parking spaces without any use of men or machinery and hence has lower running costs. “Mechanised car parking has high running costs as it requires electricity, machinery and manpower, but ramp type does not,” Qadri told Kashmir Reader adding that the designs have been prepared by the state Design, Inspection and Quality Control Department.
The upcoming parking lots are part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, a scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 with the focus on urban renewal projects to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate, robust sewage networks and water supply for urban transformation.