Mangaluru, June 27, 2018: The long delayed proposal of constructing a multi-level car parking(MLCP) complex at Hampankatta may be a reality in the years to come if Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) implements it as per the schedule.
A proposal to construct MLCP was mooted after a city bus stand at Hampankatta was demolished two decades ago. Now the MSCL has included the project under Smart City programme.
The project is expected to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 91 crore. The project will be implemented under public-private-partnership (PPP) mode by the MSCL and the authorities are planning to complete the project within three years. The project is expected to avoid traffic congestions on nearby roads, where most of the commercial buildings do not have proper parking facilities.
MSCL director and senior corporator M Shashidhar Hegde stated that MLCP will be able to accommodate 400 cars and it will also have commercial spaces.
“The MLCP will be coming up at Hampankatta. The project report for the MLCP was already prepared and tenders were also invited. However, we got response from only one bidder for the project. Hence, a meeting of the MSCL held on Monday decided not to award contract and invite fresh tenders for the project,” he said, adding that the project will be completed within the stipulated time-frame.
Initially, the project of MLCP was planned through Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA). However, in 2014, a council meet of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) decided to implement the project on its own through PPP. However, after Mangaluru city has been selected under the Smart City Mission, the MLCP project has been included in it. MCC has nearly 155 cents of land in the busy Hampankatta area.
Under the Smart City Mission, 1,628 acres in Hampankatta, Bunder and Car Street areas in the city are proposed for retrofitting and redevelopment under 10 projects. These areas with a population of 53,429 and 12,756 households are also identified as ‘Fisheries Hub and ‘Central Business District’.