Forget singers, parking is No 1 priority this year

Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | 29-09-2022 | 06:00 am

Forget singers, parking is No 1 priority this year

Parking woes continue to be on top of garba organisers’ list of concerns as Amdavadis go about grooving this Navratri. Apart from orchestra and singers, many garba venues are also looking at parking management as a crucial part of managing a Navratri event. The revellers themselves are also opting for venues that assure them safe parking for a stress-free garba.Part of the reason why parking has come into focus is because of the police notification that asks garba organisers to arrange for proper parking. Take the case of Enrise Entertainment which is organising Urban Circle Garba at GCA club ground at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera. The event is expected to attract 8,000 revellers to the one-night event. Explaining why they chose it to be a one-night affair, Ashish Arora of Enrise, said managing the parking is a huge task even for one day. “To accommodate 8,000 revellers we need a facility to park 3,500 cars and several other two-wheelers. We also need to offer valet parking to ensure quick parking,” said Arora. He said the parking management at the venue calls for 40 people in the parking lot and 15 as valets. “We have to pay rent for the parking grounds as well.”Several city clubs that organise garba have also beefed up their parking this year to avoid parking chaos. Chairman of the Entertainment Committee at Rajpath Club Manish Shah said apart from existing dedicated parking, the club has hired another ground next to the venue specifically for parking. “Moreover, to manage the crowd and parking we have tripled our security staff from 35 on regular days to 110 during Navratri. It adds to our overall cost, but patrons and commuters should not face trouble,” said Shah.Even Apollo Hospitals, which will organise a garba night for its employees at a farmhouse after Navratri, is offering transport to revellers to address the parking issue. COO of Apollo Hospitals Gujarat, Neeraj Lal told Mirror that they are expecting 800-1000 people for the Garba event. “So we have given staff the option of parking their vehicles in the hospital and we will ferry them to the venue by bus,” said Lal.

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