LAHORE - The Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Agency of LDA has started work on the construction of two plazas for providing parking facilities to more than 460 vehicles in the busy commercial centre of Liberty Market, Gulberg. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has already inaugurated seven-storey parking plaza project to be constructed near UCH. The plaza will cover an area of three Kanals and 16 marlas and will cost Rs500 million. The second plaza will be constructed adjacent to the Liberty Petrol Pump. The seven-storey parking plaza will be completed within a year and will have the capacity of accommodating 206 vehicles with the average parking time of 12 hours per day. Shops will be constructed in the basement as well as on the ground, first and second floors of the plaza while the third, fourth and fifth floor and its rooftop will be used for parking vehicles. A modern restaurant will also be established on the first floor which will have the capacity of upward extension of two additional floors. Safety and security of people is of paramount importance so the design includes open stairwells and ramps, security devices such as road blockers, car scanners, CCTV, public address system, fire alarm and fire fighting and audio and emergency buttons have also been arranged. Handicap accessibility has been facilitated with vehicles close to stairs and elevator cores having a direct path to key movement patterns of the garage. The second parking plaza will be constructed at a cost of Rs 559 million close to the petrol pump. This five-storey building will accommodate 253 vehicles. Two basements and ground floor will be used for parking whereas commercial offices will be established on the upper two floors. It will also be equipped with latest facilities as will be provided in the firs parking plaza.