First automated stack parking now open in Delhi

With the shrinking road space and parking space, densely populated cities often face congestion. Delhi, the national capital of the country is one of the most densely popular areas in India and parking is a major problem around here. Union Minister RK Singh and Lt Governor Anil Baijal have now inaugurated the first fully automated stack parking building that has a capacity of 136 vehicles.

The parking lot is 39.5 metres high and has 17 levels on it. It is constructed on an 878 square metre plot with an investment of Rs 18.2 crore. The parking lot is fully automated and there is no need for human intervention. The automated ticket dispenser prints parking ticket and open the boom barrier. As per SDMC, the charges are Rs 20 per hour, Rs 100 for 24 hours. There are also monthly pass options. The day monthly pass is for Rs 1,200 and a day-night monthly pass is for Rs 2,000.

There are four different towers and each has 17 levels. Each tower can hold a total of 34 vehicles that can comprise of eight SUVs and 26 sedans or hatchbacks. The parking lot is located near the Green Park metro station, which is quite infamous for long jams due to parking on the road. According to the governor of Delhi, the vertical parking facility is the most appropriate solution to park in congested markets and populated colonies as it requires just 1.5 sq metres of space to park a car in comparison to 30 square metres required in conventional parking.

There are three municipal corporations in Delhi and this lot has been constructed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The governor has urged all the corporations to come up with effective parking area management to deal with the parking congestion in their respective jurisdiction.

The structure is made out of a steel-structured modular tower and is quite flexible. It can be installed at other places too. Even though the working mechanism of this parking lot is not known, such systems work by detecting the vehicle and then placing it accordingly in the space. It is also not known which kind of vehicles will be classified as SUVs as there are many manufacturers who market crossovers with a height similar to hatchbacks as SUVs. Such guidelines are likely to be available at the parking space.

Delhi has another multi-level automated parking lot with a capacity of 824 cars in Sarojini Nagar. It was inaugurated in 2011 and became India’s largest automated parking lot back then. However, it is a building and not a stack parking like the one in Green Park. With thousands of new cars being added to the roads daily, it is likely that we will get to see many more such parking lots, especially in densely populated areas in the future.