Choked Old Delhi to get three new parking lots

The North Municipal Corporation will build three new multilevel underground parking lots in the Walled City area, which has some of the most congested and busiest markets in the Capital.

Church Mission Road will get a parking lot adjacent to the existing facility in Fatehpuri. "The corporation has a 6,000-square-metre plot, currently used for surface parking. A multilevel parking with space for 2,000 cars will be built there," a civic agency official said.

"This place was chosen because of its proximity to Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Lajpat Rai Market and Bhagirath Palace. Thousands of traders and consumers visit these markets every day, but find no space to park their cars. This is one of the most commercialised parts of Delhi," he said.

The second parking lot will be built in Dangal Maidan, 500 metres from the proposed Church Mission Road facility.

This underground multilevel parking lot, to be built on 6,000 square metres of space, will be able to accommodate 2,000 cars.

The third one at a place close to Ramlila Maidan between Asaf Ali Road and Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg will be the largest - sitting on an area of 8,000 square metres.

"We proposed these parking lots to solve problems that traders and people visiting these markets face every day. These will, hopefully, ease the traffic congestions in the area. Narrow roads and heavy volume of traffic in these areas cause a lot of problems for the residents," Ravinder Gupta, chairman of the corporation's works committee, said.

"The parking lots will have two underground wings and three above the surface," he said.

The councillor said the parking space near Ramlila Maidan would substantially cut down the chaos on the nearby roads, witnessed during religious and political events at the grounds.

"Moreover, those who visit Ramlila Maidan now park their vehicles far away from the venue. The new parking lot will help people overcome this problem," he said.

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