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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:54 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:54 AM (IST)

Automated parking project delayed, courtesy poll code

MC plans to hire consultant to prepare report after byelection

Tribune News Service
Bathinda, June 8

The civic body has been planning to hire a consultant to prepare a detailed report on the automated parking lots project. Under the project, the MC has already indentified eight automated parking lots that will accommodate around 800 cars in the city. 

But, the project was earlier delayed due to the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. Now, the work has not been initiated due to the bypoll in Ward No. 30 on June 21, leading to its further delay.

Officials had got the House’s approval for the project in February. Under it, the medical market outside the railway station, fish market, Rajesh cinema market, cloth market and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk market have been selected for the project.

MC Commissioner Dr Rishipal Singh, said, “We are working on a plan to initiate work on the automated parking project. After the bypoll, we will hire a professional consultant in this regard.”

The civic body will shell out less money for constructing automated multi-storied car parks as these have a low building cost. They typically require less building volume and ground area than a conventional facility with the same capacity.

In the automated parking, the driver leaves a car in an entrance module. Later, it is transported to a parking lot by a robot trolley. For the driver, the process of parking gets reduced by leaving the car at the entrance. 

Cars are parked in steel pallets and a target pallet comes up or down to the driveway level on pressing a button. The automated parking system is already running successfully in various cities of the country. This will be the first automated multi-level parking in Punjab.

Owing to inadequate parking space, residents have to park vehicles outside the yellow line for which they are penalised by the traffic police.

They are of the view that the administration should make arrangements for providing parking space in various markets and other crowded areas.

Car owners say since there is a shortage of parking space in and around market places, they are left with no option but to park their vehicles by the roadside.

The multi-storey parking project has been hanging fire for the past 10 years. Initially, it was proposed at the fire brigade building in 2009, but failed to materialise.

Later, the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) had planned to construct a multi-level parking at the site of the elementary school building on the Mall Road. For which, the BDA had got the site vacated from the school under the Optimum Use of Vacant Government Land (OUVGL) scheme. 

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also laid the foundation stone in December 2016 ahead of the Assembly elections, but the project failed to take off.

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