Malu Sharma JAMMU: After missing the fixed 3-year deadline in April 2019, the work on proposed Multi-Tier-Parking-Project at General Bus Stand, Jammu is presently going on war-footing and it is expected that the project will be completed by the mid of June. The Foundation stone of the project was laid in September 2014 by the then Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and same was slated to be completed within three years, but due to some reasons it was not completed within stipulated time, resulting in anger and resentment among people. This project is of great importance for Jammuites to decongest the over-crowded roads of Jammu city and will provide relief to suffering people from parking issues. The parking project, proposed to have six levels, would have a capacity for 1300 buses and cars. It is pertinent to mention that the multi-storied parking is being constructed by JDA at an estimated cost of Rs 213 crore, which will include parking facility for 1,312 cars and 177 scooters along with 154 shops and commercial establishments. In this six-storey multi-purpose parking, there will also be a bus terminal, on lines of other States.
President, Raghunath Bazaar Association, Surinder Mahajan while interacting with STATE TIMES said, “I am happy that such a big project is under construction as it will provide much relief from parking problems being faced by shoppers and commuters. We were a little disappointed when it missed its deadline but are hopeful that now it will be completed soon.” “Through your medium, I will like to appeal JDA and other concerned authorities to promote tourism in Jammu besides making necessary arrangements and facilities for tourists visiting the State,” said Mahajan, adding that with construction of this multi-tier parking in the city, people would get rid of traffic jams in Raghunath Bazaar and other adjoining areas. The multi-story complex will also include an air-conditioned ticket booking office and waiting hall, besides open landscape courts. It will also have add-on facilities of refreshment, washrooms and restaurants, to run it as a self-sustaining model.
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