Home Secy orders probe into allowing stalls in parking lots

Says ‘will make sure that the parking lots remain vacant’.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: October 24, 2015 2:34 am

A DAY after the Municipal Corporation defied the orders of the administration by allowing stalls in the parking lots of sectors 22 and 19 that led to chaos on Dussehra, Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal ordered an inquiry into the matter.

“I have asked MC Commissioner to inquire into the matter and take action against the negligent officials. Stalls in the parking area are strictly not allowed. I will make sure that the parking lots of the markets remain vacant,” Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal told Chandigarh Newsline on Friday.

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MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg, on her part, asked Joint Commissioner Virender Chaudhary to find out from the enforcement staff how the stalls were put up in the parking lots that caused inconvenience to the public. “I am inquiring from the enforcement staff,” said Chaudhary.

Sources said that the MC earned a revenue of around Rs 4 lakh from issuing slips in Sector 22 on Thursday.

Charanjiv Singh, president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, will again raise with the MC officials the issue of allowing stalls in the parking lots.
“We know that the parking lots are going to be full of stalls. Our money and efforts in hiring security guards for parking lots is going to be useless. We will be meeting them again before October 27,” said Singh.

One can expect a chaotic situation ahead of Diwali as MC has already issued 2,500 coupons for Sector 22. The assurances made by the Municipal Corporation about stalls not being put up in the parking area were exposed when even on the Dussehra day, the parking lot meant for the visitors was jam-packed with stalls in Sector 22.

At a meeting attended by Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary, Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill and Joint Commissioner Virender Chaudhary on Tuesday, the MC decision to make the parking lots of sectors 15,19 and 22 ‘vehicle-free zone’ was turned down. The MC had identified alternative sites for parking.

The SSP (Traffic) had requested the MC not to allow stalls in the parking slots; instructions to the same effect were issued in the meeting of the Home Secretary as well.

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