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Parking for 7,000 vehicles under elevated highway in Panipat

Parking for 7,000 vehicles under elevated highway in Panipat
Vehicles parked under the elevated highway in Panipat.

Mukesh Tandon

The long-awaited vehicular parking under the elevated highway on the National Highway-1 in Panipat has become functional. It has been constructed with an aim to check traffic jams on the highway and service roads in the city. Around 7,000 vehicles can be parked in 14 blocks there at a time. 

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced the project of pavement of tiles under the elevated highway during his first visit to Panipat on December 20, 2014. The public parking (interlocking paver blocks), LED lighting, toilet blocks, public conveniences, landscaping and other facilities under the elevated highway corridor was completed by the Public Works Department (PWD) this year while the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) funded the project.

Indian Oil, Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex have provided Rs 6.83 crore for the beautification project, as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Earlier, the parking was allotted to two contractors but the contract was cancelled following opposition from market association members. Now, some members of market associations have decided to make it operational with the support of the district administration under 

the banner of a newly formed social organisation, ‘Ek Prayas’. 

Gaurav Leekha, a member of ‘Ek Prayas’, says that, “The organisation has 15 members at present. Nine of the members are from civil society and the other six are the Deputy Commissioner as patron, SDM as nodal officer, DSP (Traffic), Municipal Commissioner and Executive Engineers of the PWD and the UHBVN”.

The parking has cemented benches and CCTV cameras in every block, drinking water, beautification with green plants, 12 LED lights in every block, 15 sweepers and 30 employees for all blocks and separate drivers’ zones, he adds. 

The parking will be free of cost for personal vehicles while the charges for commercial vehicles such as auto-rickshaws, three-wheelers, Maxi cabs will be decided soon, says Leekha.

Pradeep Atri, Executive Engineer, PWD, says that the total stretch under the elevated highway is 2,400 metres and 14 blocks of 1,800 metres have been used for the parking.

Deputy Commissioner Sumedha Kataria says that, “Around 7,000 vehicles can be parked at a time in 14 blocks under the elevated highway”. 

The IOCL refinery has played an important role in beautifying the space under the elevated highway. It has spent Rs 7 crore for laying paver blocks and construction of the toilets blocks under it, she adds. 

It was much needed to curb traffic jams in the city and no vehicle will be allowed to be parked on service roads, says Sumedha. “We will review the functioning of the parking after three months and resolve any issue that may have arisen, she adds. 

Sumit Kumar, a resident of Model Town, says that it is a good initiative of the district administration and the members of ‘Ek Prayas’. Now, the administration should start taking stringent action against those who park their vehicles on service roads and on roadside, he adds. 

Pillars being beautified

  • Around 220 pillars of the elevated highway corridor are being beautified with paintings, and mosaic tiles. Flower pots have also been put there. Members of various social organisations, educational institutions and some traders of the city have adopted the pillars that have been painted with messages such as save the girl child, stop child labour, save electricity, and save environment. 


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