NEW DELHI: Along with a busy interchange metro station, the congested area of Nabi Karim in central Delhi will get ample parking space as the underground station will get a multilevel car parking facility above it that will be have space for over 3,000 cars.

The interchange station and the parking facility will be ready in the next couple of years as part of Delhi Metro’s Phase IV project. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation are going to jointly develop the fully automated parking facility.

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Exceptions aside, existing multi-storey parking lots are severely underutilised. In several cases this is because they are badly maintained, in others because people would rather just park illegally on the road. To change this state of affairs, the authorities need to follow a carrot and stick policy. First, ensure that all parking lots are clean, well lit and well maintained. Second, crackdown on illegal parking, which will ensure that at least the better ones — such as the one on Kharak Singh Marg — get more customers. Otherwise, the well-intentioned effort could end up being a waste of resources.

“The facility will be part of an integrated station complex at Nabi Karim,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director of corporate communications, DMRC. While an interchange facility for the Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor and the proposed Inderlok–Indraprastha corridor of Phase IV will come up underground, the six-storey parking facility along with a three-storey commercial complex will be constructed above the station structure, he added.
A memorandum of understanding was signed on Friday by DMRC managing director Mangu Singh and north corporation commissioner Gyanesh Bharti. Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal participated through videoconferencing while corporation mayor Jai Prakash also took part in the event.
“DMRC will construct the integrated substructure for the station and the corporation will construct the super structure for the parking as well as commercial facilities through a concessionaire. They will also operate and maintain the parking facility and the commercial block,” Dayal said.
The Nabi Karim metro station will have four underground levels and on the surface, the building will have nine floors, three for commercial purposes and six for parking. The integrated complex will come up over around 25,000 square metres located at Shahi Idgah Road in Sadar Bazar, the DMRC official said.
“DMRC had identified the land as it had to construct an interchange station. the corporation, which owns the land, had plans for a multilevel parking-cum-commercial facility. After a series of meetings, an innovative solution was found by combining two projects as an integrated complex,” Dayal said. DMRC had earlier constructed a multilevel parking facility at New Delhi metro station of Airport Express Line.
The Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg corridor, an extension of the Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West), is one of the three priority corridors of the six proposed corridors of Phase IV and was the first one where construction started last year. The much smaller Inderlok–Indraprastha corridor, however, is yet to receive the Centre’s nod.

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