Immediately after the shopkeepers of Raarewala market announced boycott of the coming Lok Sabha polls, SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria reached the market and tried to pacify the shopkeepers on Thursday.
The market has always remained in the news for encroachments. Recently, the Ludhiana MC installed grills in front of the shops to discourage people from parking vehicles there.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court also ordered the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to remove the illegal car bazaar which used to run at the market every Sunday.
However, on Thursday, the shopkeepers demanded removal of the grills which is causing problems in parking of their own vehicles and leading to low footfall of customers.
Talking to Newsline, Amarjit Singh Tikka, a member of the market union, said, “We are not in favour of encroachments but HC ordered to get the car bazaar removed and now it has been shifted to Ayali. Why other shopkeepers who are not in car business being harassed? There is no parking space for our own vehicles due to the grills. We demand removal of these grills and provision for our parking. Today Mayor and Manpreet Ayali has assured us that grills will be removed but if it is not done, then we will be boycotting LS polls.” Tikka is a senior Congress leader.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “The problem of shopkeepers is genuine. Now the car bazaar is not running at the market which was the major concern of the High Court. We will be taking appropriate action and shifting grills if required.”