During a meeting with the traders of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal Monday, Mayor Arun Sood told traders that no stalls would be allowed on the parking lots and even vendors would not be allowed to sit there.
Community centres near the markets would be opened up to provide alternate place for parking to facilitate people, added Sood. “We have no objection for creating more space for people to park their vehicles in order to avoid any traffic congestion for the festive season. The community centres located close to the crowded markets would be opened up for parking,” said Mayor Arun Sood.
“We would ensure that the directions are complied with and nobody violates the orders. Parking lots are meant only for parking,”Sood told the traders. The traders were also told that the corridors should not be encroached upon, leaving less space for people.
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The traders had put forth that alternative arrangements may be made in the crowded markets in Sectors 18, 19, 15 and 22. On the other hand, the Chandigarh Traffic police have written to the UT Education Department and the Municipal Corporation to open a few government schools and community centres located near the markets for additional parking space.
Director of Education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar said that they are yet to take a call on opening the government schools for the parking for the festive days. A meeting would be held in a day to decide on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh traffic cops have has decided to deploy home guards in the heavily crowded markets during the festive season. “ We have 200 home guards to manage the traffic. If the additional place is provided, the home guards would guide people also to park there,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Eish Singhal, who is holding the additional charge of SSP,
Traffic. Charanjiv Singh, the President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said that he had informed the few market associations if security guards could be deployed on their own level to manage the parking rush. Meanwhile, the working hours of the enforcement wing have been increased for the festival days to keep a check that nobody encroaches the parking lots.