With the festival season in full swing, parking nightmares have made a comeback. Parking lots and footpaths are encroached upon by street vendors at markets of 22, 15, 7 and 17, despite the enforcement committee of the Municipal Corporation issuing directions to its staff to ensure vendors do not sit in the parking lots. A visit to these markets found that as a result, people parked their vehicles haphazardly on the main road leading to traffic chaos.
Surekha Zangpo, who came from Mohali with her family for Karwa Chauth shopping at Sector 22 Shastri market on Friday, said , “Authorities should keep a check on roadside vendors who encroach upon parking areas.”
Jitendra Kumar, a resident of Khuda Lahora, said that the residents were being forced to park on the main road even though the risk of their vehicles getting towed away was high. ” When there is no space in the parking lots, we have no other option but to park on roads. The traffic police then tows away our vehicle,” said Kumar, who visited Sector 22 for shopping with his friends.
Manpreet Chahal , another resident, made several rounds of the parking lot only to look for a place to park and after finding no space, parked his car at the rear side of the market.
“Parking lots are full everywhere because of festive season. We have a total of three parking lots in Sector 22. If one parking gets full, we are redirecting people to the next. Roadside vendors have been removed but they come again. Proper check is being kept on them, “said Azad, a parking attendant.
Another parking attendant said that people don’t have parking sense which leads to hapahzard parking. “People park two-wheelers where four-wheelers should be parked. They park outside the parking lane under trees. Many people don’t even listen to us ,” said another attendant on condition of anonymity.