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Rangasamy, along with officials, inspects site

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and Senior Superintendent of Police B. Srikanth on the old jail complex in Puducherry on Thursday.
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and Senior Superintendent of Police B. Srikanth on the old jail complex in Puducherry on Thursday.

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Thursday announced that the old jail complex on J.N. Street would be converted into a motorcycle parking lot within a week.

Mr. Rangasamy made the announcement following an inspection of the site along with Senior Superintendent of Police B. Srikanth and other officials from the municipality, Police and Public Works Department.

The parking lot would be maintained by the municipality and opened to the public after it was cleared, he said.

Speaking to The Hindu , a police official said the decision to convert the jail into a two-wheeler parking lot had been taken at a traffic control meeting held recently. There was enough space on the complex to park around 2,000 two-wheelers. People using the facility would have to pay for parking their bikes, but the fee is yet to be finalised. So far, it has been decided that both the Ambalathadayar Madam Street entrance and the J.N. Street entrance would be opened to the public, the official said.

As soon as the parking lot was opened, both these streets would either be declared no-parking zones or one-side parking would be allowed, the official said.

The 35,000 square feet complex had been earmarked for conversion into a multi-level car parking facility, which figured in the 2007 budget. Unfortunately, the proposal is still pending with the Puducherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation Limited (PIPDIC). Owing to long-term delay in the project, they had decided to use the premises for two-wheeler parking temporarily, the official said.

“There is enough space on the complex to park around 2,000

two-wheelers”

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