The New Delhi Municipal Council is finally going ahead with its plan to providing a new state-of-the-art electronic parking guidance and management system at Palika Parking in Connaught Place.
Though the NDMC granted conceptual approval to the ambitious plan in April 2008, it is due to give the final nod for award of work at its next meeting scheduled for this Wednesday. In view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the Rs.2.58-crore plan is expected to be implemented within six months of award of work.
Under the project, vehicle users would be guided through a wide range of modern gadgets including sensors, lights, signboards and directional displays to the closest vacant car space existing in the parking lot and similarly for identifying their car location at the time of exit.
Apart from boasting an automatic online guidance at each decision-making junction, the plan also aims at zone-wise sub-division of areas for easy identification.
According to NDMC, once the system becomes operational it will ease entry and exit of vehicles. “The Palika Parking has a capacity for 1,050 cars and 500 scooters and it is a three-level car parking. But at present there is no car parking guidance management system and all vehicles are parked at the individual’s discretion leading to chaos at many places in the parking area,” said an NDMC official.
“Often people are helpless and cannot take out their vehicles due to wrong parking by others. All these factors discourage people from using the Palika Parking and hence there was a demand for this kind of a system. Informing the users about vacant slot and then guiding them to it will decongest car parking at the entry and exit points,” he added.
Importantly the plan proposes reversal of the existing entry and exit to Palika Parking as an alternative traffic movement plan. At present the entry is though Gate No. 2 of Palika Bazar and the exit is from Baba Kharak Singh Marg.