Faced with increasing pressure from the Punjab and Haryana High Court over the issue of making two parking lots in Sector 17 vehicle-free,the UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil convened a meeting of the officials of the UT Administration and Municipal Corporation. All aspects of the issue were discussed threadbare.
The officials discussed that while presenting the case of the Administration in the court,the constraints that could be faced while making the parking lots vehicle-free would also be explained.
The High Court during a hearing on April 4 had reprimanded the Administration for not taking a decision on the issue. It was the court that had earlier suggested that two parking lots in Sector 17 should be made vehicle free.
The officials discussed that there could be several constraints that could be faced in making the parking lots vehicle free. The shopkeepers have already expressed their opposition to the proposal stating that this would lead to loss in business as the residents would prefer going to other markets. The traders had contended that with all other markets as well as malls having provision for parking at their door steps it would lead to loss of business for them. They had also stated that the parking fee could be increased and that could act as a deterrent for the residents to get vehicles.
It is also opined that due to the approaching summers the residents would find it difficult to walk a longer distance. Municipal Corporation had earlier contended that the parking lots have been allotted to the contractors for the year.
A proposal for making Sector 17 vehicle free has been doing the rounds for several years. As per the proposal four multilevel parking lots were to be constructed,one in each corner of the sector. The overbridge for which construction has started is part of this proposal. However,out of the four multilevel parking lots proposed even one has not been completed. While the plan for one multilevel parking lot was recently passed,the other is in arbitration.