Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 14
The Rs 50-crore multi-level parking lot in Sector 17 has started leaking again in the monsoon. While defects in the construction are already under the scanner of the UT Vigilance Department, visitors are having a tough time parking their vehicles in the lot.
A majority of the users of the parking are traders of Sector 17, who now fear that their cars will get damaged. The traders have been facing problems ever since the parking stared six years ago. The leakage has raised a question mark over its construction. In 2016, the Vigilance Department collected samples of the material used in the construction after a complaint was submitted by a resident of Sector 48. The multi-level parking, constructed on 4.78 acres, has a capacity to accommodate 950 cars.
Sanjiv Chadha, president of the Progressive Traders Welfare Association, Sector 17,said the leakage issue had not been solved for years. There were cases in which the bonnet of expensive cars got damaged due to the leaking material, but the MC failed to do anything. The chemical-laced water damages the cars. The construction of the multi-level parking also came under attack from the Audit Department. In its report, the Audit Department had stated that spending Rs 48 crore on the multi-level parking was a colossal wastage of funds due to its under-utilisation and lack of facilities. Jagdish Pal Kalra, a trader, said besides the water leakage, non-functional lights were among the other problems at the parking lot. It was now being used by druggists also. He said if the MC provided all facilities, the parking could become useful and earn money for the civic body. The rates of the multi-level parking are cheaper that the smart parking. Mayor Rajesh Kalia said he would look into the issue.
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