THE ASSURANCES given by the Municipal Corporation about not allowing stalls to be put up in the parking area were exposed on Dussehra when
the parking lot was seen jam-packed with stalls in Sector 22 here.
Despite the slips issued by the civic body to the vendors clearly mentioned “not allowed in parking area”, the vendors seemed little bothered. The area near the Shastri market, at the rear side of Kiran Cinema, witnessed chaos the entire day.
At meetings held over the past few days with the administration and the police, the Municipal Corporation made claims of enforcing the decision of stall-free parking areas. The SSP (Traffic) had requested the MC not to allow stalls in the parking lots. The same point was raised in the meeting of the home secretary as well.
The traders alleged that there was no use deploying security guards in parking areas. “When parking lots have to be full of stalls, parking would not be possible,” said a trader requesting anonymity. “So why do we shell out Rs 60,000 for deploying security guards in all the lots?”
Vishal Sharma, a visitor, said, “It has become difficult to walk. Why isn’t the MC enforcing its decision? The stalls were supposed to be put up on the pavements but the entire parking lots are packed. If this is the situation now, what would be the scenario later in the festive season?”
Municipal Commissioner Bhawna Garg said that she would look into the matter.