Tired of parking their cars on the street outside their cramped 2BHK, more and more city dwellers are opting for a lift parking system. These systems multiply the capacity of a parking lot by helping stack vehicles on top of the other by way of automated lifting.
Companies that install these systems now find themselves catering to every scale of customer — from houses with just a couple of cars to companies that have thousands of cars parked everyday. “Now, it is not only big companies that are looking at lift parking. More and more customers are coming from apartments and individual houses. Land prices are increasing as quickly as people are buying cars. On top of this parking norms for buildings have also become quite stringent, so have the restriction on car parking on road sides and public spaces. All these have contributed to the demand for lift car parking.”, said Prassanna J, Senior Engineer Sales at ATS-ELGI, a firm that is trying to install a similar facility at the MAC cricket stadium.
The best part about these systems is that it can be customised depending on the space available. The Hayakawa Japanese Language School and Cultural Centre in Chennai is one of the smallest buildings with a lift car park. “With the lift carparking we have now been able to double the space. So we can now hold two cars instead of one apart from a few two wheelers.”, said Suman, who works at the Japanese School.
And it’s not just metros that have caught up with the trend as contractors find themselves increasingly catering to smaller towns. “The demand is not just from the big cities, but even small towns and cities like Tiruchy, Madurai and even from Kerala. In fact, we are often forced to be highly selective in the projects we take, thanks to the volume of call that we get.”, said Karthik Keyan of KL&CO, another company that deals with parking lifts.