IN THE wake of back-to-back protests on the closure of two parking lots — Sahib Singh and Empire Store in Sector 17 — the Municipal Corporation will make the final attempt on Monday to convince all those against the decision.
A presentation on the revitalisation of Sector 17 and how people-friendly and attractive the Plaza will look, has been prepared which will be shown throughout the day. At 12 noon, the commissioner and the mayor will show the presentation to all the councillors. Since eight BJP-SAD councillors and seven Congress councillors are in support of the traders’ demand for reopening of the parking lots, the first presentation will be made to them. These councillors had submitted a memorandum to the commissioner to roll back the decision.
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After an hour, the presentation will be shown to the media. At 2 pm, all the traders and members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal have been called; they will be shown the presentation separately without any political interference.
Similarly, at 3 pm, the presentation will be shown to all the Resident Welfare Associations.
At 6 pm, the presentation will be made to all the former mayors.
Due to the detailed programme, BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan too has postponed his hunger strike. Dhawan who had to sit on the strike at 9 am has postponed it by five hours. He will begin his strike at 2 pm at the Sector 17 Plaza, the time at which the traders will be shown the presentation.
Dhawan, meanwhile, said that if the parking lots reopened, it would be good for the traders. “I am not aiming to take any credit if the parking lots reopen. I am protesting because by this, traders have suffered losses,” he added.
Sources said that the traders were being called by some political leaders, telling them not to agree on the closure of parking lots.
Differences within the BJP had come to the fore when seven of the party councillors and their senior leader Harmohan Dhawan went against the decision, demanding its rollback.
In the presentations, it will be shown how the Plaza will be made attractive so that it pulls crowd. Food-on-wheels, convention centre and a carnival-like atmosphere will be created to rejuvenate the Plaza. The presentation has been prepared in such a manner so that traders can understand that such a project will boost their trade.
EFFORTS to end the deadlock continued late Sunday evening as well. A meeting of the traders at city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon’s residence was held.