Rush to end parking pangs

The urban development department has asked Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) to undertake the multi-level car parking facility at Buddha Smriti Park, shelving its earlier plan of going ahead on a public-private partnership mode of operations.

The procurement of automation equipment is expected to start in a month and the facility would be ready for use within three months.

"Bidders had concerns regarding revenue during pre-bid stage talks. They seemed sceptical about rates to generate revenue. It was perceived that bidding would not be successful. The department has decided to operate the facility using its own resources through BUIDCo initially, for around six months. Subsequently, a clear picture of the financial feasibility of the project would emerge, based on which private operators can be roped in later," said a senior officer of the department.

The civil work on the facility is almost complete. The G+3 complex would accommodate 320 vehicles at a time.

"Though the parking charges have not been finalised, rates would be similar to that charged at the parking lots at Patna Junction. The charges for four-wheelers are expected to be between Rs 10 and Rs 30. Parking fee for two-wheelers may be in the range of Rs 5 to Rs 10," said the department officer.

According to sources, the multi-level parking facility is being developed at an estimated outlay of over Rs 15 crore. It is expected to benefit visitors to Buddha Smriti Park or people coming near Patna Junction.

The facility will have a lateral slope entry and circular exit ramps. Entry for cars would be from the western side, coming from the direction of Buddha Marg through the lane adjacent to the erstwhile Pearl cinema. The exit is on the Station Road facing Mahavir Mandir. Each floor has urinals and toilets and a terrace garden at the peripheral boundary. Visitors would also be able to have a picturesque view of the shrine from each floor.

BUIDCo has already made the Frazer Road stretch in front of Buddha Smriti Park a no-parking and no-vending zone.

This new complex is expected to provide relief to commuters from traffic snarls on Station Road, especially near the Patna Junction roundabout.

"It is very difficult to park vehicles near the Patna Junction roundabout. The entire Station Road is mostly chock-a-block because of encroachment by hawkers and vendors. People are forced to park their vehicles on the road, as there are no dedicated parking lots in the area. This upcoming facility would solve such problems," said Saurabh Singh, a frequent commuter to Patna Junction.

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