Will try to complete the project on time: VC SDA
The construction of multi-level parking sites in Lal Chowk Srinagar would likely to miss their deadlines as most of the work portion is under construction
A senior official at Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) wishing anonymity told Rising Kashmir that only 40-50 percent of the work has been finished and left would be completed in next 9-10 months.
“Due to the prevailing situation in Kashmir over past 6 months, there is a delay in the work. Mostly laborers from Bihar and other states have now returned back and from next month they would be working day and night shifts to complete this year,” the official said.
The twin multi-level parking projects in old State Motor Garage (SMG) and Sheikh Bagh at Lal Chowk are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crores and Rs 25 crores respectively through Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
Earlier the government has set May 2020 deadline for the project but most of the work. “These projects will be completed by the end of this year,” official said.
“For almost 4 months, construction work was hit in valley as outside laborers flee the valley and now things have improved,” official added.
The 26.92-crore project, partially funded under AMRUT, will have three floors built with the help of SDA’s own resource, while remaining four floors will be constructed by utilizing funding under the Central government’s sponsored scheme AMRUT.
In January 2017, the foundation stone of the project was laid by the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
At present, there are around 3 multi-level parking spaces which are under construction in city. At SMG which is being constructed over 13.2 kanals will accommodate 393-390 vehicles at the same time.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is the nodal agency, while SDA is the implementing agency for the project which is coming up at the erstwhile SMG in the city.
Similarly at Sheikh Bagh multi-level parking which is being constructed over an area of 13.11 kanals will accommodate 457-460 vehicles.
At KMD bus stand Pantha Chowk constructed over the area of 10.07 Kanals of land and will also accommodate around 288-290 vehicles.
Another official at SDA said, the upcoming projects would also bring down the cost of parking in the city, where “People have been hesitant to pay Rs 30-40 for the mechanized parking,” the official said.
Vice chairman SDA, Vikas Kundal told Rising Kashmir said multi-level parking sites would be completed within the deadline.
“We would work in day and night shifts to complete the projects on time,” he said adding that project was delayed due to prevailing situation in Kashmir.
Earlier in 2017, government constructed mechanized car parking at Lal Chowk at a cost of Rs 27 crore.
The parking facility is run by a Kolkata-based private firm Simplex Projects Limited under the monitoring of SDA and can accommodate 288 cars at full capacity.