To tide over the parking problems in Shimla and gearing up for the coming tourist season, the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) is all set to have additional parking space.
The new parking space is coming up near the Tourism Lift in the core area of Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh.
The civic body has asked the contractor involved in the construction of the parking to expedite the construction of the parking, so it starts providing parking facility by December end this year.
Construction of the parking started way back in 2014 in view of the growing demand of parking lots in Shimla town.
SMC Deputy Mayor Tikender Singh Panwar said, “We have asked the contractor to partially start the parking lot coming up near loft in the core area of Shimla by December end, so that the locals and also the tourist coming to Shimla for New Year celebrations are provided with adequate parking facilities.”
The parking once it gets started it will initially facilitate parking of 400 vehicles this December, however after completion will facilitate parking of 700 vehicles, he added.
The civic body had this year made functional one of the parking lots near Chotta Shimla that accommodates 400 vehicles.
According to the census 2011 Shimla has a population of around 1, 69,758 people.
With the floating population of 75,000 the city gets overcrowded especially during tourist seasons with a lot of pressure on the roads and in want of adequate parking spaces.
Shimla city alone has around 90,000 registered vehicles and during tourist seasons the city witnesses over 3000 tourist vehicles entering Shimla daily.
The civic body alone is catering to both the locals as well as tourist with the parking capacity for 1800 vehicles in paid parking lots that includes designated parking lots constructed with parking floors for 1000 vehicles and parking space along the cart road for 800 vehicles, he added.
– By Bhawani Negi