Mr. Shreegopal Kabra
"RR Parkon is in the Business of design, manufacture, installation & maintenance of parking system since 1998," informs Mr Shreegopal Kabra, President, Ram Ratna Group.

Please describe the benefits of multi-level car parking system for our readers. What is the cost involved?

Automated Car Parking Systems are much in vogue - a method of automatically parking and retrieving cars that typically use a system of pallets and lifts and signalling devices for retrieval. They serve advantages like safety, saving of space, time and fuel (since one does not have to drive around for locating space) but also need to have an extra and a very detailed assessment of the parking required, space availability and traffic flow, other advantages are like optimal utilisation of space, lower maintenance and operational cost, lower construction cost (owing to the prefabrication), secure and environment-friendly nature (the underground implementation renders the outdoor space free for landscaping), comfortable for the drivers, cost saving for builders by saving height or depth.

What are your major products in this segment? What is the scope for customizing design and capacity to cater for various sizes of vehicles on road today? Which of these products are most demanding?

There are over 20 different types of systems to suit specific requirement of prospect such as space availability, weather, over ground or underground, end use parking, retrieval constraints, traffic conditions etc. The systems are modular and hence can be customized to each project site. The systems can be dependent, semi automatic or fully automatic.

Since how long has RR Parkon been in the Indian car parking system market? What is the present market size in India for these installations?

RR Parkon is in the business of design, manufacture, installation & maintenance of parking system since 1998. The demand for mechanized parking in India is presently 1500+ slots, which are projected to grow at 12% to 30% per annum considering the growth of leading indicator automobile & construction industry.

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What are the maintenance requirements of this equipment in its life cycle? How much manpower involvement and other costs should a user factor in when opting for a car park system?

The operating cost of the system depends on the system deployed & varies from Rs. 0.25 for dependent system to Rs. 1.25 for fully automatic system. The life of system on conservative basis is 25 to 30 years as comprehensive on conservative maintenance ranging from 3% to 5% (per module) of Capital cost per annum.

Where are the systems being primarily installed? What are some other possible locations where car parking systems should be considered?

The systems recently are in Demand in A & B Clean Cities all over country & in Central Business Districts such as malls, commercial establishments & upscale housing complex.

NBMCW December 2012