The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation (MC),on Thursday,decided that making parking lots in Sector 17 vehicle-free would not be feasible. Instead certain measures could be put in place to regulate the parking lots.
The members of the F&CC opined that it would be difficult to make the parking lots vehicle-free since there were no alternate parking arrangements available. The civic body will soon start the construction of a multilevel parking lot in one of the paid parking lots. It was felt that since this would be closed,it would create problems for visitors to the sector.
One of the councillors stated that there was no alternative space where the visitors to the sector could park. A large number of visitors come to Sector 17,which has a vast plaza for the benefit of pedestrians. Instead the parking lots can be regulated, he said.
It was opined that certain measures could be adopted to make it a deterrent to bring vehicles to the sector. It was suggested that parking fee on an hourly basis could be charged. At present the parking fee is Rs 5 for four-wheelers and Rs 2 for two-wheelers. The proposal to increase parking fee has always been turned down.
The Finance and Contract Committee members also discussed that certain measures for the benefit of the pedestrians could be suggested. The traders in the area had earlier expressed their protest against the decision to make the sector vehicle-free,stating that this would affect their business.