The Chandigarh Administration has decided that the plot lying vacant in Sector 26 opposite private schools will not be utilised for parking vehicles. This was informed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Chandigarh Administration during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions for parking space in Sector 26.
The petitioner,a local,had averred that owing to serious space shortage and a number of schools in Sector 26,there is lot of traffic chaos during morning and noon owing to shortage of parking space. During the resumed hearing,the Administration made it clear that a plot,opposite a private school,will not be offered for parking of vehicles as the plot is a reserved area. It was further told by the UT counsel that the plot is a reserved piece of land and will be used for expansion in future.
On the other hand,the division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court questioned the UT counsel as to why the private schools cannot make arrangements on their own to tackle the parking problem. The Bench also suggested that the schools can encourage car pooling. The UT counsel responded that in a recent meeting all the proposals given by the petitioner,and UT officials,were taken into account. The Bench was also told that proposals like making the road one way in the morning and noon and construction of medians were considered.
However,the UT counsel sought time to take a final decision on the proposals and inform the court.