The three-tier parking zone (below) and shopping centre at Sakchi on Friday. Pictures by Bhola Prasad
Sakchi can finally bid adieu to its parking woes.
The commercial hub in the heart of Jamshedpur has got a three-level parking lot-cum-mall, touted to be the first in the state, thanks to local businessmen Gian Taneja. Managing director of Jusco Ashish Mathur inaugurated the facility, which can accommodate around 70 cars and over 150 two-wheelers, on Friday.
Taneja had roped in a local architect, Vineet Sinha, to build the parking lot and shopping centre called Supercentre on a 10,000sqft Tata Steel sub-leased plot.
As of now, parking will be free. The rates will be decided after talks with Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee.
“It is the same land on which the Sakchi food plaza used to stand. After taking the land on sub-lease from Tata Steel, we decided to convert it into a parking-cum-retail mart,” Taneja told The Telegraph.
Expressing concern over the parking menace in Sakchi, he said the facility would help check congestion on the busy Kalimati Road. “This is the first-of-its-kind parking lot in the state. No other city in Jharkhand has such a three-level facility for vehicles. It took over three years to construct the building that also houses a mini mall,” Taneja said.
Each floor of the three-storeyed structure has around 5,000 square feet area, which can house seven-eight shops apart from vehicles. Supercentre also boasts all modern amenities, including two lifts and two sets of stairs.
All necessary safety parameters have been installed on the premises, including a tank with storage capacity of 1 lakh litres of water.
Another attraction at the Sakchi address is an art gallery called Off the Wall, where local artists will get an opportunity to display their works.
Jamshedpureans welcomed the new facility. “Parking is a serious concern in Sakchi and Bistupur. Haphazard parking leads to mishaps. We hope the new facility will help control traffic snarls on Kalimati Road, which is close to Basant Talkies,” said M.K. Agarwal of Aambagan in Sakchi.