Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: In view of shrinking parking spaces in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is planning to construct 15 new automated underground multi-level parking lots in various parts of the city.

A proposal to approve appointment of a project consultant for four such parking sites will be tabled at the next meeting of the civic body this Thursday. The four proposed sites are Kirti Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh and Greater Kailash-II. While the parking sites will be underground, a commercial complex will be constructed above them.

An MCD official said on Tuesday: “The proposal is for awarding multi-level automated parking project’s consultancy to Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited. As per the contract, the firm would help the MCD in undertaking a technical study and work out its economic viability and environmental impact.” Under the contract, the civic body would be coughing up Rs.25 lakh per site to the consultant towards preparation of tender documents. “The project would be similar to the other multi-level parking projects taken up on public-private partnership basis in places like Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and South Extension and provide for an average space of 500 to 700 cars per site depending on the space.”

The bidders will collect the parking charges and also earn revenue from the commercial complex, both of which will be leased out to them for 30 to 35 years. According to the civic body, these parking lots will come up within two years and around 25 per cent of the space will be kept aside for a commercial complex.

The civic body at present maintains 143 surface parking lots that can accommodate only 15,000 vehicles at any given time.