As the multi-level car park near Sarojini Nagar was developed to make it easier for shoppers to move around the busy South Delhi market, the facility has become the latest bone of contention between market associations and the civic body . The New Delhi City Council has ordered a joint inspection of the areas with all stakeholders to resolve the issue.

Ashok Randhawa, who heads the traders’ association of mini-markets – one of the four constituent markets, said the parking time for the multi-level car park is too long and the parking needs of the market are not met. satisfied. “Sometimes it takes 20 to 25 minutes to park a vehicle, the vehicle transport elevators are too slow, and if 10 to 15 cards arrive, the situation spirals out of control. It also leads to illegal parking in nearby vacant lots, which is completely unregulated,” he added.

Randhawa said the market traders alone needed parking space for around 600 vehicles and if the net parking time of the facility was fast, it could easily save a lot of surface parking space. “If it takes 20 to 30 minutes to remove a vehicle, imagine people trying to get out after closing their shops at night. We need to develop more parking spaces in the area,” he added.

Built at an estimated cost of Rs.80 crore, the Sarojini Nagar Automated Car Park has a parking capacity of 824 vehicles and it was inaugurated in 2011. The Sarojini Nagar Market comprises the Main Market with 200 shops, Babu Market with 120 stores, Sarojini Nagar Mini Market with 32 stores, Thareja street vendors with 104 outlets and other professionals. The car park remains underused despite the high demand for parking spaces in the area.

According to an order issued by its parking management cell, NDMC had issued a notice of joint inspection of the facility on Saturday by the secretary of NDMC, but the meeting has now been postponed to Monday, traders say. “Under the supervision of the NDMC Secretary, a joint inspection has been proposed at the Sarojini Nagar Multi-Storey Parking Site with all relevant stakeholders to resolve issues related to improper utilization of the facility,” the order reads. of September 27, 2022.

Ashok Kalra, Secretary General of Sarojini Nagar Main Market Association, said there are three key parking issues in the market: The number of access roads to tiered parking needs to be increased as currently only a narrow road is used for parking, the elevators for parking should be improved and made faster, and more underground parking spaces should be developed. “The inspection will be done next week now,” Kalra said.

NDMC Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay said not all populist demands can be accommodated by the administration, but if any problem or logical issue is found during the inspection, NDMC is open to discuss. all these issues highlighted by all stakeholders. He added that there is also a mindset issue behind people not using the multi-level car park. “The mindset also needs to change,” he added.