Traders welcome move, as sales are not affected
THE ADMINISTRATION’S decision to make entire Rajwada and its surrounding areas a ‘no traffic’ zone during Diwali period, has been given the thumbs up by the public and also shopkeepers, who were initially apprehensive that they would face loss of customers due to inconvenience.
Some of the buyers, though, did find it difficult to locate the parking zones and grumbled, as they had to walk the entire distance to their favourite shops.
However, this difficulty did not seem to affect their shopping as Diwali is round the corner and buying the required goods is a must. Cloth merchant Pramod Choradia said that it made things easier for shopkeepers, who had a tough time asking people not to park vehicles in front of their shops earlier. Choradia said that the new arrangement reduces the risk of accidents, as all people are on foot and customers can easily enter the shops in absence of vehicles (that block entrance to many shops at other times).
Sudhir Sharma, who has a shop in Ada Bazaar, said that income in terms of money had increased during Diwali. He remarked that the market was as crowded as ever with festival shoppers and there was not a single customer who complained of the long walk they had to take.
Customers agree that this decision has caused them a little inconvenience, but walking also gives them a chance to have a look at all the shops properly.
Schoolteacher Anu Dubey said that one has to shop for puja material, clothes, foodstuff and jewellery on this occasion. ‘‘All these articles are available at proper rates at Rajwada, so we cannot avoid coming here just because of having to walk one or two kms.’’
Brijkumar Shrivastav admitted that he always prefers walking while shopping as many shops have to be visited at a time and it is far more convenient not to have to pick up the vehicle every time and park at different places.
Bhavan Ghavari suggested that the administration must put up signboards listing all the ‘no parking’ zones, vehicle zones and parking lots.
On being asked about this, a traffic in charge said on the condition of anonymity that the public was free to ask any questions from the traffic policemen on the spot. Traffic cops have complete information about the parking and no parking areas.
The crowded market was ample proof that nobody was really bothered about the small amount of inconvenience due to the new arrangement.
There was no lane or street in the area that was not occupied by Diwali and Id shoppers. The shops at Ada Bazaar, Sitlamata Bazaar, Bada Sarafa and Bajaj Khana Chowk were chock-a-block with customers looking for clothes, cosmetics, household items, crackers, ration and Pujan Samagri. Car owners are indeed facing some trouble, as the car parking takes more space and most of the lots are soon occupied due to festive crowd.
No parking zone
1 Sarafa corner to Bada Sarafa and the road to Kasera Bazaar.
2 Route to Sitla Mata Bazaar from Nrasingh market.
3 Rajwada to Gopal Temple and Ada Bazaar to Rajwada
4 Marothia, Bajaj Khana Chowk.
5 Bohra Market.
Vehicles allowed: MG Road, Jawahar Marg, Shakkar Market, P Y Road, the space in front of Rajwada, Rajwada to Subhash Chowk and Imli Bazaar to Rajwada.
Parking arrangements: Sanjay Setu, Subhash Chowk multilevel parking, along Rajwada wall facing Shiv Vilas Palace, Jawahar Marg, Krishnapura Chhatri and Harsiddhi Community Hall premises.