All the community centres in the city would be opened for parking from October 15 to October 19 to avoid the traffic chaos at the markets.
Mayor Asha Jaswal said that the orders had been issued keeping in view the chaos ahead of Diwali. “Our enforcement staff would also be guiding commuters to park their vehicles in these community centres. Boards would also be installed,” said Jaswal. The mayor added that the community centres are located near the markets and it would be convenient for people to park there as they wouldn’t have to walk much.
The mess this time is expected to be more as the Street Vendors Act has not been implemented and the vendors encroach upon the parking lots. People, when they dont find space, park on the main road leading to chaos. However, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal is also mooting to have valet parking in sectors 15, 19 and 22. The market associations here are hiring private security guards as well.
In the past, too, the administration had been getting the government schools, community centres opened but people don’t prefer to park there. Vehicles are parked on the main road which eventually get towed away. The situation becomes worst during evening hours when additional traffic policemen deployed at the site too find it difficult to manage the chaos.