Faced with a severe dearth of parking space, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to establish vertical parking lots at eight different locations in the city.
Similar to the multi-floor parking structure, these vertical parking lots would have three to four floors to accommodate vehicles. However, the vehicles are parked in different floors using a lift unlike the multi-floor parking structure, where the vehicle is driven for parking.
In the vertical parking lots, all the floors would be connected through a lift. A vehicle would be driven into the lift and based on the space availability, it would be carried to different floors and parked their, said GHMC Additional Commissioner Rajendra Prasad.
There are plans to establish these parking lots at Ghansi Bazar, Khilwat near Lad Bazaar, Passport Office, Paradise Circle, Kukatpally, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Masab Tank and Koti. Places have been identified at all these locations, except for Masab Tank and Koti, he informs.
“The practice is already in use abroad. Each parking lot is constructed in an area of about half acre which accommodates about 300 vehicles. But we propose to construct lots, which would accommodate at least 500 vehicles,” says Mr. Prasad.
Measuring nearly 30 feet in height, these vertical parking lots would also be ideal to cater future needs. Given the space crunch and more importantly the arrival of Metro Rail where tracks are built at a height of about two to three floors, these parking lots would be convenient to park vehicles and solve parking problems to a major extent, he explains.
“Once necessary approvals are obtained for the project, Request for Proposal would be issued to invite private firms to execute the project,” says Mr. Prasad.