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Automated parking lot inaugurated

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Bhoiguda side of Secunderabad railway station to be developed with a host of facilities



TAKE A LOOK: SCR General Manager D.N. Mathur explains to Cooperation Minister K. Laxminarayana and others the working of the automated parking system on Thursday. — Photo: Satish H.

HYDERABAD : A classy automated parking lot, which has enough room for 250 cars, was thrown open to the public at the Secunderabad Railway Station from Thursday.

The formal launch of the parking system, the first-of-its-kind in the Indian Railway's stations across the country, was done by Cooperation Minister Kanna Laxminarayana in the presence of Mayor Teegala Krishna Reddy, South Central Railway general manager D.N. Mathur, MPs P. Madhu and Anjan Kumar Yadav at the Bhoiguda side of the station.

Facilities

The new parking lot, built at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh, has a ticket dispenser installed at the entry point to detect arrival of vehicles and to issue magnetically coded tickets that indicate time and date of arrival of the vehicle. On collection of the ticket from the dispenser, the barrier in front goes up automatically to allow the vehicle into demarcated parking areas.

The barrier is designed in such a way that only one vehicle will be allowed for each ticket.

There is also a manual pay station at the exit point, where an employee will collect the ticket and insert it in a machine that will calculate the parking fee as per actual time of parking recorded. On payment of the requisite fee, the exit barrier will go up. Meanwhile, in order to ease congestion at the main station, the Bhoiguda side is being developed with a host of facilities.

A new building is being designed for four floors, of which the first and second floors are now under construction at a cost of Rs. 2.2 crores. It is likely to be completed by December this year, SCR officials said.As for two-wheelers, the old contractor-manned parking lot adjacent to the main building will continue.

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