Chennai, Feb 14 (): For conducting business transactions,visiting the harbour or Custom House on a working day is a discouraging task for many, as finding parking slots on Rajaji Salai, NSC Bose Road and Second Line Beach is not an easy task. Instead, the port users have started to travel by train or bus to Parry’s Corner.
A way out is likely soon. As soon as the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) plans to set up a mechanized multi-level car parking facility for regular users on Rajaji Salai, all this may soon become a thing of past. It is going to be one key facility that can easily accommodate up to 100 four-wheelers and 65 two-wheelers.
ChPT has invited Expressions of Interest from private parties and February 23 is the last date for submission. The Rs.7.50 crore worth project will be developed on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis and is to be developed on Public-Private Partnership route.
Talking to our sources, a ChPT official said, “We are in the process of implementing about 10 to 15 projects, taking into consideration overall development of the harbour. This project is meant to take care of the parking space constraints of port users, agents and the general public from Parry’s Corner to Clive Battery. It will come adjacent to gate no.5 and the super-specialty diabetic centre of Chennai Port and opposite Custom House.”
Scores of people visit the port every day and the nearby Custom House, Chennai Collectorate and GPO among other places, according to the official. “We will provide the developers an open space of about 6,500 sq.ft area to develop multi-level car parking at permissible FSI. The developer has to obtain statutory approval from CMDA and Chennai Corporation and clearances relating to Coastal Regulation zone, environment and pollution. The project will be completed within 12 months. If it is successful, we may think of putting up a few more multi-level car parking facilities in that area as we have several old buildings to spare,” he said.