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Tuesday , April 17 , 2012
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Mall, multi-storied parking for Jorhat

Jorhat, April 16: A state-of-the-art multi-storied parking lot-cum-shopping complex, where 170 cars can be parked, has been sanctioned under the non-lapsable central pool resources for Jorhat and the Jorhat Municipal Board.

Work on the parking lot will begin in two months’ time. It is hoped that the parking lot will ease congestion in Garali and AT Road, the commercial hub of the town.

Jorhat Municipal Board chairman Prasanta Borah said the four-storied building would be constructed at a cost of Rs 10.51 crore at the old public bus stand, a central location, and could cater to vehicles going both to AT Road and Garali.

“The two roads get heavily congested especially during festive seasons and double parking has become a frequent phenomenon. If a person parks his car here then he will have access to both these roads,” he said. According to the detailed project report prepared by M/S Associates, parking will be in the basement, first floor and second floor and there will be 80 shops on the ground floor.

On the ground floor, there will be 80 shops and the first floor will comprise, in addition to a parking space, a city hall which will cater to various needs like organising exhibitions, social functions and merchandising company products. The hall will have an office room, a pantry and toilets.

A junior engineer of the board R. Hatibaruah said the floors would have digital meters to clock parking time of cars and this can be centrally monitored. However, the fees would be one-time, collected by lessees as is the system on the roads. The whole building will have three staircases and provision for two lifts and each floor will have an area of about 1,669.8 square metres.

This is the second multi-storey parking lot designed for construction in the state, the other is at Panbazar in Guwahati.

“The Guwahati one is yet to start and we have been given 24 months to complete the project after work orders are given. If we finish our parking lot first then this will be the first multi-storied parking lot in the state,” a JMB official said. The people here have welcomed the plan.

“For the first time the administration will be taking a concrete step to ease traffic congestion. With the increase of vehicles in the past 10 years and no space to widen roads or parking provision in shopping complexes finding a parking space has become a painful task and this seems to be a partial solution to the problem,” Raju Baruah, a citizen, said.