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Cool parking lot in hot May

- Work on in full steam to complete four-storey facility near Buddha park

Motorists will be able to leave their worries at home when they drive down to Patna Junction roundabout from next month. Work is on in full steam to open a multi-level parking facility in the area — notorious for frequent congestions — latest by mid-May.

Sources said Bihar Urban Development Corporation (BUIDCo) is working on a war footing to complete the four-storey facility adjacent to Buddha Smriti Park. The fully automated complex would be able to accommodate 320 vehicles at a time.

“The officials associated with the Buddha Smriti Park project have been asked to complete the work on the parking facility at the earliest. If things go according to plan, we intend to inaugurate it on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti — May 6. Else, we would open it by mid-May,” said a senior BUIDCo officer.

He added: “Though this one-of-its-kind parking facility is a part of the Buddha Smriti Park project, it would not be limited only to visitors to the shrine.”

The corporation — an undertaking of the state urban development department — is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the shrine.

A source said the multi-level parking facility has been developed at an estimated outlay of over Rs 15 crore. It would have a lateral slope entry and circular exit ramps. The entrance would be from the western side near Budh Marg through the lane adjacent to the erstwhile Pearl Cinema. The exit would be on Station Road, facing Mahavir temple.

Each floor will have urinals and toilets. There would also be a terrace garden. People would also have a picturesque view of the Buddha Smriti Park from each floor.

BUIDCo has reserved the stretch of Frazer Road in front of Buddha Smriti Park as a no-parking and no-vending zone. Sources said this new parking complex would be a solution to the frequent snarls on Station Road, especially near the Patna Junction roundabout.

“The station roundabout is a motorist’s nightmare. Despite the presence of traffic policemen at the roundabout, vehicles keep coming from all sides. To make matters worse, the autorickshaw drivers create havoc as they stop their vehicles anywhere to pick up passengers,” said Sanjeev Kumar, a frequent visitor to the place.

He added: “The Station roundabout apart, the entire stretch of Station Road has been made narrow because of encroachment by hawkers and vendors. Visitors are forced to park their vehicles on the road, as there is no dedicated parking space. The new facility would decongest the road.”

Apart from the parking facility, BUIDCo is also planning several measures for branding and promoting the park. A senior BUIDCo officer said the meditation hall at the park would soon be completed and opened. Visitors would be charged Rs 250 for entrance to the hall.