ADDIS ABABA – The newly inaugurated state of the art parking lot built as part of the Grand Meskel Square-Addis Ababa City Hall project has gone operational.
The parking facility has started to give services for twenty-four hours a day as of Monday, announced Tilahun Tadesse, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Exhibition Center and Marketing Development Enterprise, in an interview he gave to the state-run News agency.
The underground parking lot is enough to accommodate about 1,400 vehicles at once.
The CEO has also encouraged car owners to make use of the parking lot and also urged the private sector to publicize their products through the six LED screens installed at the square for promotional purposes.
The Meskel Square Public Project, built at a cost of 2.5 Billion Birr, was inaugurated on June 13 in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a number of senior officials.
Apart from the parking and the LEDs, the Meskel Square project integrated facilities include more than 70 shops and space for electric bike rides.
The recent nine-month renovation work gave a major facelift to Meskel Square, which has been the main public gathering space in Addis Ababa for decades.
The Square can now comfortably accommodate more than half a million people for religious and public outdoor holidays including the Meskel-Demera Religious Festival which has already been inscribed by UNESCO as world’s intangible heritage.