Published On:April 22 2019
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Multi-level parking facility to come up near metro stations.

As it expands its network across the city, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is planning to address the parking problem of commuters. Two multi-level parking facilities, one next to K.R. Puram Interchange and the other adjacent to Challaghatta metro station, are on the cards.

The K.R. Puram facility will benefit people travelling towards Silk Board, Whitefield and Kempegowda International Airport. The corporation has one acre near the upcoming K.R. Puram metro station.

“Land is available for the parking lot. Based on a suggestion by the DULT, additional land will be acquired,” said a BMRCL official. A decision has already been taken to extend the Silk Board to K.R. Puram metro line to Kempegowda International Airport via Nagawara and Hebbal.

At Challaghatta, the BMRCL is acquiring 38 acres for a depot. A part of the plot will be utilised for the parking facility.

In January, the State government had approved construction of a metro station at Challaghatta at an estimated cost of ₹140 crore. People coming from Mysuru Road can park their vehicles there and take the Purple Line metro, said the official.

In the ongoing Phase II of the project, the BMRCL is planning to build parking facilities at several stations, including Anjanapura Road, Whitefield, Kengeri TTMC and Silk Board.

“Wherever land is available, a parking lot will be provided. They size will range from half-acre to one acre. At Silk Board, an acre will be acquired. Another plot of the same size will be acquired on Hosur Road to build parking lots, bus stops and bus bays.”

In Phase I, which is operational, the BMRCL has provided two-wheeler parking spaces at 21 stations. Car park facilities are available at 17 stations.

For two-wheelers, the rate is ₹15 for the first four hours, ₹5 for every subsequent hour, and a maximum of ₹30 for a day. For cars, the fee is ₹30 for the first four hours, ₹10 for every subsequent hour, and maximum of ₹60 per day.

At metro stations, ₹1 is charged per hour for a bicycle with a maximum of ₹10 for a day.

THE HINDU





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