Years after idea was mooted, civic body’s proposal awaits administrative sanction

Years after the idea was mooted, the civic body’s proposal for a multi-level parking lot in T. Nagar awaits administrative sanction from the government.

The Chennai Corporation proposes to construct the facility on Bashyam Road in T. Nagar.

As per the suggestions of the consultant, the parking lot that will come up adjacent to Panagal Park will have eight floors — four underground and four above — and will provide space for 500 four-wheelers and 900 two-wheelers at a time.

The entire system would be automated and the vehicles would be taken up or down by elevators and then transferred to the appropriate parking slot. The system would take two minutes to retrieve one car.

According to sources in the civic body, the facility would be constructed under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

“The design is subject to approval by the appropriate regulating bodies,” an official said. Rough estimates put the cost of construction at Rs. 25 crore.

The T. Nagar development plan had suggested a multi-level parking lot at the same location with access to the facility from Venkatnarayana Road and two other roads and even the Duraisamy subway.

It had suggested that such facilities be created for around 2,500 cars and that parking lots be created at four placed in the busy commercial locality.

Planners who welcomed the proposal pointed out that private malls too had space to park just 900 cars. “It is impossible to design for T. Nagar’s festival season rush. But a couple more of such parking lots would help during regular weekends,” said a planner who did not want to be named.

R. Radha, a regular shopper at T. Nagar, said lack of parking space was a huge bother in the commercial hub. Development of parking lots would be a welcome move and help shoppers to a large extent, she said.

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