The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is eyeing prime land to construct multi-level parking complexes. The civic body has written a letter to the government, seeking the old Gandhi Medical College land at Basheerbagh. It is also scouting for open sites at Ameerpet, Kukatpally, MG Road, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam, Toli Chowki, Paradise, RP Road, Secunderabad Railway Station, Dilsukhnagar, Ghansi Bazaar, Begum Bazaar, near High Court and other commercial markets for this purpose. The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has already laid the foundation stone for a multi-level parking complex near the pension payment office at Khilwath in the Old City.
This vertical parking site has been selected, keeping in view the parking requirement of tourists to Charminar, Lad Bazaar and Chowmahalla, among other spots, in this part of the city. GHMC officials said that they were in touch with different departments, such as the Hyderabad Metrop-olitan Development Authority, tourism, medical and health and universities too in search of open land. “The multi-level parking projects will be executed in Public Private Partnership mode on Built, Operate and Transfer basis. The one in the old city is also being taken under this mode,” a senior official said.
The city’s 150 or so parking lots are insufficient for its 26 lakh vehicles. A senior traffic policeman said that traffic jams occurred even on roads widened up to 150 feet because vehicles were parked on either side of the the road, using up at least 50 feet of the carriageway. “Motorists tend to park their vehicles on the road if shops or showrooms do not provide parking space,” he said. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has not only failed to make commercial establishments provide parking space for customers, but was also dragging its feet on the construction of multi-level parking complexes. It had also proposed a multi-level car parking facility on 6,300 sq yards of land, belonging to the former Nayapul Maternity Hospital, to cater to the parking needs of the AP High Court, but this was shelved mid-way for various reasons.