Friday, March 30, 2007

City to get more parking lots

City to get more parking lots
The BBMP has plans to provide parking lots in several localities to ease congestion
The Times of India

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has plans to construct ramp type parking lots in several locations across the city. The project, funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), is expected to cost over Rs 20 crores. If all goes well, the parking lots should be functional by December, according to the BBMP Joint Commissioner Harsh Gupta.
While four of these will be basement level parking areas that will be developed below existing playgrounds, the rest will be ground-level parking lots. Basement level parking lots are likely to come up below the Kittur Rani Chennamma playground near Ashoka Pillar in Jayanagar, the P&T playground near 5th Block, Jayanagar, Malleswaram Playground and the Akkithimmanahalli playground (not hockey playground) and at the six-acre area in Chikkalalbagh near Majestic. These playgrounds happen to be close to major shopping areas and busy localities, and are therefore being put to good use. What's more, they are located away from residential areas too, making it convenient to have parking lots here.
There are also plans to provide exclusive parking lots at the high-tension line in Koramanagala that could accommodate over 800 cars, and near Johnson market where two basement structures would come up to accommodate over 400 cars. Russel Market, Malleswaram Market and the Seshadripuram Market would also be get parking lots to decongest these areas and make shopping a pleasant experience. Noise pollution free buses will help carry passengers to and from the shopping sites.
Apart from this, there are also plans to give the Jayanagar 4th Block Complex a facelift. The Puttanna Theatre building will be reconstructed to have more storeys and will be converted into an art theatre to promote Kannada films, according to Harsh Gupta.


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