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City to get first multilevel car parking sooon

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 20 � Guwahati Development Department (GDD) Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today announced that the government would soon construct three multilevel car parking centres in the city. Sarma laid the foundation stone of State�s first multistoried automated car parking project near the Panbazar over-bridge today.

Planned in a way to accommodate 450 cars and 200 two-wheelers, the parking project at Panbazar is a joint venture between the Simplex Projects Limited, Kolkata and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).

The land for the project has been provided by the Assam Textbook Production and Publication Corporation Limited on lease and profit sharing basis.

The project worth Rs 40 crore is slated to complete in next 24 months. The building would have six floors and a basement.

�Considering the growing numbers of cars in the city and to deal with the problem of haphazard roadside parking, we are planning to construct two more such multilevel car-parking projects. One of the projects planned near the MMC Hospital, Panbazar would cost around Rs 11 crore and would accommodate nearly 250 cars. Foundation stone of one more project near the Judges� Field with the capacity to accommodate 300 cars would be laid in January,� Sarma said, while addressing the gathering.

The Panbazar fly-over would also be broadened in next six months.

�The parking project would not only ease the traffic in Fancy Bazar, Panbazar and Paltan Bazar markets, but would also revive the market places, as haphazard roadside parkings would be completely banned in these areas after the automated car parking centres become operational,� he added.

GDD secretary AK Bhutani, while speaking on the occasion said that the multilevel parking place at Panbazar would also have a commercial space. Both GMDA and Simplex are looking forward to complete the project within the stipulated time,� he added.

As per the arrangements made for the Panbazar project, Simplex would give Rs 31 lakh to the State government in the first year and would increase the amount every year by five per cent. The State government would give 50 per cent of the amount earned to the Assam Textbook Production and Publication Corporation Limited. The GDD Minister also asked the newly appointed DC Kamrup (Metro) Ashutosh Agnihotri to ensure proper traffic management in the city.

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