THE CHANDIGARH Traffic Police have written to the Municipal Corporation (MC) asking them not to allow stalls to be set up around parking areas in the city during the festive seasons keeping in view the traffic congestion it causes.
The Municipal Corporation has identified 12 places in the city — including some schools, where temporary arrangements for utilisation of parking areas during festival seasons will be made. Sectors 15,19, and 22 would remain parking free during the festival season.
“We have limited parking space and the Municipal Corporation allows installation of stalls around the parking areas. As a huge rush of public is expected, we have requested them not to allow these additional stalls to be set up around these areas,” Maneesh Chaudhary SSP (traffic/security) told Chandigarh Newsline on Saturday
Officials said the traffic department had written to the MC last year too, but that they didn’t receive any response and during festivals, the MC had allowed the installation of these temporary shops.
Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Manda, said the MC should not allow “outsiders” to set up stalls near the markets. It should be only permitted to the shop owners of these markets, if they are interested -they can install. No one should be allowed to install the stalls around the parking area. These stall should be allowed to be install between the space of pavements and the parking area, he said.
Traffic Police has also requested for 100 additional personnel that will be deployed at the intersecting points and other markets in the city. According to the traffic department, the deployment of guards in the parking areas by the market associations, would also help the department. “They (guards) can assist the public about the management of traffic, and it could really help,” said Chaudhary.
Other than the steps, the SSP has an appeal to the public to walk, instead of taking their vehicles, whenever they visit nearby markets in the coming days. “We have limited options available. So, I would request people that they should not go out mostly during evenings, but also during the day as well,” he said. “Public should also walk to the nearby markets, rather than taking their vehicles along.”
From October 27 to November 11, parking will be allowed in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, ground near DAV School, Sector 15 as well as inside the school, Community Center in the sector. In Sector 19, parking will be allowed in Government Senior Secondary School, Government Model School, Deaf and Dumb School and community center. While in Sector 22, parking will be allowed in the government school, government dispensary and government veterinary hospital.