Closing of two parking lots: House passed agenda as part of smart city presentation, says Chandigarh Mayor

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Published:May 13, 2016 4:38 am
Arun Sood, chandigarh smart city proposal, chandigarh parking lots closed, chandigarh mayor parking lots closed, chandigarh bjp, chandigarh enws, latest news Mayor Arun Sood shows the drawing for Sector 17 under the smart city project at his office in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Mayor Arun Sood on Thursday said the decision to close the two parking lots in Sector 17 was taken by the House that had unanimously passed this agenda as a part of the smart city presentation.

He criticised his party councillors and the opposition for creating a furore over closing of the two parking lots in Sector 17 — Sahib Singh and Empire Store.

Referring to the agenda, Sood said he was not to be blamed if the councillors did not hear properly during the house meet what the development of Sector 17 plaza was all about.

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“It is not my fault if they did not hear properly in the House meeting. The smart city presentation clearly mentioned the development plans for the Sector 17 plaza, which would be maintained for walkers and cyclists. Everybody, including the traders, were aware of the plaza being developed,” said the mayor presenting the existing and proposed plan of Sector 17 revitalisation project.

“Apart from the House, the Finance and Contract Committee approved the closing of two parking lots. It was mentioned that these parking lots are permanently closed. However, I emphasised it to be a temporary arrangement for a month so that we could check the traffic situation,” added the mayor.

Meanwhile, traders of Sector 17 observed a blackout for two hours on Wednesday evening to protest against the decision. Following the protest, Sood held a meeting with municipal commissioner Baldeo Purushartha.

On Wednesday, eight BJP-SAD councillors submitted a memorandum to the municipal commissioner against their party’s mayor demanding a rollback of the decision of closing the two parking lots.

Also, differences in the BJP came out in the open with senior leader Harmohan Dhawan stating that BJP chief Sanjay Tandon and mayor Arun Sood take decisions on their own without consulting anybody.

Delhi BJP upset with city unit

Senior BJP leaders in Delhi are upset with the party’s Chandigarh unit. Though the party showed unity in the mayoral polls held in January this year, differences surfaced in public with eight of its councillors going against the mayor and demanding a rollback of the decision to close the two parking lots in Sector 17. Sources said Chandigarh party affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha is likely to visit the city to take action against some of its party men.

“I am reaching Chandigarh tonight (Thursday) and will be able to comment once I hold a meeting here,” said Jha.

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