WITH FESTIVE season already here, the UT traffic police has decided to ask the administration to get government schools and community centres in busy markets of the city opened for visitors to park their vehicles there, so that there is no traffic chaos.
However, to ensure that commuters don’t get harassed while parking their vehicles at a far-off school site, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has proposed valet parking by traders in sectors 15, 19 and 22.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Shashank Anand said that selective schools would be got opened after school hours only for festive season.
The president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Anil Vohra, told Chandigarh Newsline, “It gets difficult for people to walk for about half a kilometre after parking their vehicles at such sites. So we have proposed that market associations in these sectors which face congestion have a system of valet parking.”
Vohra added, “If a family visits the market, it would be convenient for them to get down there itself and hand over the keys to the driver deployed by the market who would park their car at the nearest site.”
The market associations here are hiring private security guards as well.
In the past, the administration had been getting the government sites opened but people don’t prefer to park there. Vehicles are parked on the main road which eventually get towed away. The situation worsens during evening hours when additional traffic policemen deployed at the site too find it difficult to manage the chaos.
Traders would start setting up stalls from October 5 as Karva Chauth festival is on October 8, Sunday. Sectors 15, 19 and 22 witness choked roads because the vendors sit in the parking lots and there is no place even to walk.
Vishal, a shopkeeper of Sector 22, said, “The administration this time must ensure strictly that these roadside vendors are given a separate place to sit. Because the Street Vendors Act has not been implemented till now, these vendors sit in the space meant for car parking.”
He added, “The situation is such that even a fire tender cannot pass through that area if some mishap happens. The officials will have to deal with this strictly.”
Bouncers on Karva Chauth
The market of Sector 7, Panchkula, has decided to deploy bouncers ahead of Karva Chauth at the market. The market association president, B B Kocchar, said, “In fact, women sit late at night at the market and to check the bad elements from committing mischief, we will deploy three bouncers who would come in the noon and stay till late hours.”