Traders of Sector 17 observed a blackout by turning off the lights of their shops for two hours on Wednesday evening to protest against the decision of closing the two existing parking lots in the sector.
During a meeting with mayor Arun Sood and commissioner Baldeo Purushartha, the traders suggested that either the two parking lots be closed only till 11.30am or one more multi-level parking lot is constructed.
The traders were accompanied by BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan when they went to meet the municipal commissioner. Later, they held a candle march.
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The commissioner and the mayor told the traders to give their proposals in writing, so that it can be presented before UT Adviser Parimal Rai. Sources said the municipal officials are planning to arrange a meeting of the traders with the UT adviser on the issue.
“The traders proposed that they were alright with the closure of the two parking lots only if one more multi-level parking is constructed. Therefore, we have asked them to give all their proposals in writing,” said Sood.
Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, member, Joint Action Committee, said: “We will keep protesting until the decision is rolled back.”
Meanwhile, visitors to Sector 17 were a harassed lot owing to the protest. “We had come to see Sector 17 since we heard a lot about it, but everything is shut,” said Gurdev, a tourist from Jabalpur.