SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday inaugurated the multi-level car parking facility at Press Enclave, Lal Chowk, Srinagar.
Sinha was accompanied by Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Junaid Mattu and other officers
The much-awaited four floor ramp parking would be able to accommodate 467 vehicles and over 130 two wheelers at a time. The parking is expected to mitigate the issue of roadside parking in the city centre by allowing people visiting the city centre a safe place to park their vehicles.
The parking was constructed at a cost of 26.92 crores under the centrally sponsored Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
The parking facility at the erstwhile State Motor Garages (SMG) has two approach stairs, five lifts and one ramp, with two entry and exit points, from Press Enclave and Abi Guzar side.
One of the officials speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration said that the project was initially expected to be completed in 2020 but it got delayed due to unfavourable circumstances and Covid.
“But we still managed to complete it at a good time. “We appeal people to make use of the facility and park their cars with ease. There would be security guards here to monitor everything,” the official said.
“It is at a prime location. There is another car parking facility at Sheikh Bagh which also has a space for 430 vehicles and 50 two-wheelers. We expect that to be completed till December. There is another parking lot at Lal chowk with capacity for 280 vehicles. So, we would have a parking space of around 1200 cars. It would ease the problems of car parking at least in the city centre,” the official added.