A day after the Hyderabad Traffic Police announced jail term for repeat ‘parking offenders’, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) ambitious multi-level parking projects have come under the scanner. While the civic body, over the past four years, have made tall claims about constructing multiple such structures across the city, most haven’t materialised to date. Worse, the only operational four-level parking lot — near the GPO in Abids — is not being fully utilised.
The areas that were identified for construction of these ‘towering’ parking spaces included Saroornagar, Khilwat, Tolichowki, Ameerpet and Paradise circle. None have seen any activity so far. Yet, mayor Bonthu Rammohan recently went all out and added another three places to the list — Shilparamam, Abids and Necklace Road.
While authorities blame the lack of litigation-free land in these localities as the reason for the prolonged delay in execution of plans, transport experts rubbish the argument. “GHMC must first do its due diligence before announcing such projects,” said C Ramchandraiah, an urban transportation expert, adding, “Even the one they have proposed on Necklace Road might never see the light of day because there is a High Court order prohibiting such construction in the area.”