The Bathinda car park will contribute to the evolution towards a traffic management system, contributing to a better quality of life; that said, the project was also inaugurated before the previous vote of the assembly
Bathinda Punjabi Finance Minister and Congressman for Bathinda Urban Manpreet Singh Badal laid the cornerstone on Wednesday for a seven-story car park. In 2016, too, the first stone was laid, still before the legislative elections, but by the former trade union minister and deputy for Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The project, billed as his dream project, has not gone beyond the status quo in the past five years.
The main shopping area in the city does not have parking space for vehicles, which is why the traffic management system is not regulated at all. Spread over 1.4 acres in the heart of the city of Bathinda, the project was designed to park 1,000 cars with elevators.
“The project will meet the urban development demand of the city over the next three decades,” Manpreet said, after laying the stone near the Chowk fire department, adding that the municipality has passed a work order by way of call for tenders and that the installation is expected to be operational by 2023. “The building will have a 40 kW solar energy production system to make it self-sufficient,” he added.
Before the 2017 legislative elections, Congress also promised to push for this project to facilitate traffic management, but did not keep its promises.