Facility can handle 300 cars
Chennai Corporation will resume work on the parking lot on Link Road next week. The work was suspended following the Model Code of Conduct for the Assembly elections.
The facility on the road, which links Binny Road with Dams Road, is being planned for parking 300 cars.
The location is in proximity to Anna Salai and near Hotel Taj Connemara. The work is expected to be completed next month. The commissioning of the parking lot is expected to reduce traffic snarls, on account of lack of parking space, in the area.
75 per cent of work over
Around 75 per cent of the work has already been completed. The parking lot is being taken up with capital fund of the Chennai Corporation on a 5-metre-wide strip of land measuring 715 metre long on Link Road, along the Cooum river. The land was handed over by the Public Works Department to the civic body. The land was a dumping area for construction debris over the past few years.
The second phase of the parking lot would be developed after the PWD hands over the remaining stretch of land along the banks on the same road occupied by 140 slum households after rehabilitating the dwellers.
A total of 140 houses for alternative accommodation have already been kept ready by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for them. Tokens have been issued to residents eligible for alternative accommodation.
The land would be converted into a parking lot after the people are rehabilitated.
This would make the Link Road parking lot accommodate at least 500 cars.