Multi-level two-wheeler parking lot opens at railway station today

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After a long wait, the multi-level parking lot for two-wheelers at Coimbatore railway station will be functional from Saturday.
A railway official told The Hindu the parking facility would be open from midnight on Saturday. “A formal inauguration will take place in the next one or two months,” the official said. The function would be attended by senior officials from Southern Railway.
The parking lot has four levels and has a capacity to park 1,200 two-wheelers. The charges are Rs.10 for the first four hours, Rs.20 for the next four to 12 hours and Rs.25 for the next 12 to 24 hours, according to the official.
The construction of the two-wheeler parking lot began in 2015, with lack of funds being the reason for the delay in its inauguration, the official said.
The parking lot was intended only for two-wheelers and there were no imminent plans for a multi-level car parking facility at the station. However, the parking lot would reduce congestion in front of the railway station, the official said.
Following the collapse of the railway parcel office building on August 8 that claimed two lives, the parcel services would be operated from the ground floor of the parking lot building. Till then, two-wheelers would be allowed to park in the first and second floors along with the basement of the building.
The construction of the new parcel office was expected to be completed by 2020, the official said.