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Multi-level car park opens near CP

Sowmiya Ashok
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The state-of-the-art facility can accommodate more than 1,400 cars

Parking made easy:Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the inauguration of the newly-built multi-level parking on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in the Capital on Tuesday.- Photo Rajeev Bhatt
Parking made easy:Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the inauguration of the newly-built multi-level parking on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in the Capital on Tuesday.- Photo Rajeev Bhatt

By asking you to ‘Let your car wait in style', Capital Point, the city's newest automated multi-level car park near Connaught Place, seems to be all about providing comfort for your car. Flanked by Hanuman Mandir and Gurdwara Bangla Sahib on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, the white exterior could be easily mistaken for a new shopping mall in town.

Yet, behind the façade that shows off intricate lattice work and colonial columns stands a mechanical interior that can hold more than 1,400 cars at Rs.10 per car/hour. The facility built through a public-private partnership between DLF and the New Delhi Municipal Council is spread over nine floors with a basement, with the ground and first floors used for commercial activities.

On Tuesday, the car park was inaugurated by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the presence of NDMC Chairperson Archna Arora. “I accepted the invitation out of a sense of curiosity since the facility was developed using our own human resources,” said Mr. Chidambaram, about the project that was conceived and built by Indian engineers, developers and designers. “Land is a scarce and finite commodity especially in Delhi and we cannot put land to sub-optimal use,” he said, adding that the car park is an example of how land has been put to optimal use.

Ms. Dikshit said that the facility will cater to motorists visiting Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Gole Market, Bengali Market and those visiting Connaught Place and the Rajiv Chowk metro station. “15 lakh people commute to NDMC areas for work everyday,” she said, pointing to the usefulness of such a facility. She also suggested to NDMC and DLF that an eco-friendly shuttle bus service should be started from the parking lot to Connaught Place and surrounding areas.

From Wednesday, users can avail of the service after buying a ‘car-park-card' between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m., drive into the basement of the facility and park into a parking pallet which will then automatically transport the car to one of the empty parking bays on one of the levels. “When the car is driven into the facility, the bottom of the car is scanned, a picture of the driver and the car is taken for security reasons,” said Ranjit Date, president of Precision Automation And Robotics India Limited, that operates the highly advanced server that controls the entire facility. “The user on their return can simply give the card to the attendant who will recall their car in less than five minutes.”

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