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Multi-level remedy for parking woes

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 4: The Kalinga Stadium area will shortly get a multi-level parking site.

Apart from easing the burden of vehicles coming to the modern and integrated sports complex, the parking area will also cater to the visitors to the nearby Bidyut Marg, which is fast growing into a busy commercial zone.

Police commissioner R.K. Sharma raised the issue at the city management group’s meeting last week. His contention was that parking along the main road had become a major headache for traffic police.

The group members consisting of representatives of the general administration department, Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, public works department and the police have decided to allow the space along the stadium wall being used for parking as a temporary measure.

The meeting was of the view that a multi-pronged approach be taken to take care of the parking problems in the city. A multi-level parking area would be developed in the area in public-private partnership mode.

The group has decided that not only the Kalinga Stadium and its adjacent areas, but also the high-deficit localities should be taken up for developing parking areas. The general administration department, development authority and the civic body were asked to identify suitable land for the purpose.

The group has divided the city into 12 sectors to study parking problems and if possible to recommend more multi-level parking lots.

Vice-chairman of the development authority Vishal Dev said: “We have to get the land along the wall of the Kalinga Stadium adjoining the Bidyut Marg to ensure better parking. Later, with the development of more state-of-the art sports complexes inside the stadium, we will consider a multi-level parking.”

The entire stretch near the wall of the stadium from Jaydev Vihar-end to the new AG Colony city bus stop was developed into a green patch with an investment of Rs 1 crore in 2008 by a mining group. If the area is cleared for parking, city authorities will have to remove the green patch. Around 300 trees will be felled.

“As the state government has already decided to shift the Central Poultry Development Organisation near the stadium, a multi-level parking can provide a better look. Unauthorised slums from near the NH-5-side will have to be removed. Without harming the greenery along the stadium wall, the authorities can go for the multi-level parking in a compact size near the sports complex,” said structural engineer Subhakanta Swain.

A senior civic body official said: “A multi-level parking for the Kalinga Stadium sports complex will be a better option as it will require less space and can add to the ambience of the international hockey complex without harming the green cover nearby.”

“The on-going Hockey India League is drawing a huge crowd. The stadium remains jam-packed during the matches. The authorities are now feeling the need of having a proper parking space,” said Mrutyunjan Tipathy, who has watched all the three matches of the league at the stadium.