The Punjab and Haryana High Court has disposed of a petition filed by the Traders and Property Owners Association of Feroze Gandhi Market demanding control of the parking lot.
“As per the reply filed by respondents, it indicates that constant efforts are being made to remove the encroachments,” said Justice Mahesh Grover in his orders, dismissing the petition filed against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and parking contractor M/S Krishan Lal and Company. The association had knocked at the HC door after alleged reports of overcharging, encroachments and eve-teasing in the parking lot of Feroze Gandhi Market.
The court has also expressed satisfaction with the MC’s response that “it is looking into the representation made by the association asking for permission to manage the parking on their own”.
Colonel Harjap Singh, a member of the association, however, said, “Eve teasing goes on unabated in our parking lot and we demand a separate parking lot for women who come here daily. We will continue our fight to ensure implementation of proper management in the parking lot.”
There is a heavy presence of banks and finance company offices, including the Ludhiana Stock Exchange, at the market, and thousands of women employees park vehicles here daily.