Puducherry

Government’s multi-level parking project continues to gather dust

Repurposed: The Old Jail Complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Street, which has been turned into a parking lot.

Repurposed: The Old Jail Complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Street, which has been turned into a parking lot.  

A proposal mooted by the government several years ago to establish a multi-level parking facility in the Central two-wheeler parking complex, which once housed the Central Prison has been gathering dust.

Realising the need to de-congest the ever-increasing vehicular traffic, a proposal was put forth way back in 2007 to demolish the 35,000 square-foot complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Street and convert it into a multi-level car and two-wheeler parking facility.

Accordingly, the Prisons Department handed over the premises to the Puducherry Municipality for establishing a parking complex in 2012. The complex was demolished and the municipality has converted it into a paid parking for cars and two-wheelers. However, the proposal is still pending and there is no certainty whether the project will see the light of the day, an official said

Good patronage

A municipal official claimed that the facility has good patronage and as many as 500 two-wheelers and 200 four-wheelers are being parked daily.

However, the municipality has been facing fund crunch to develop the facility. The proposal for a multi-level parking has also been facing delays due to various reasons.

The government has now planned to take up multi-level parking under the Smart City project, he said.

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