Get ready to witness long traffic snarls this Diwali as the UT education department and the Chandigarh municipal corporation have failed to welcome the suggestions given by the Chandigarh traffic police for easing the traffic situation across the city.
During Diwali, which is falling on October 23 this year, shopkeepers generally encroach upon roads to put up stalls, forcing visitors to park their vehicles on roadside, which in turn leads to traffic jams.
UT senior superintendent of police (SSP), traffic, Maneesh Chaudhry, had shot off at least three communiqués to the officials of the education department, urging them to provide adequate parking space in government schools during the Diwali festivities.
The SSP had asked the department to allow parking at schools which were in close proximity to some of the markets , especially Sectors 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 26, 35, 40, 44, 45, and 58. But the education department has out rightly rejected the proposal.
The education department authorities have replied that they would not be able to give their schools’ premises for parking and said that if commuters would be allowed to park their vehicles in the institutes, the school property could get damaged and play grounds would also have to bear the aftermath of parking.
Not only this, the municipal corporation has also not paid any heed to the suggestion given by the traffic police.
The civic body authorities are also issuing slips to vendors for setting up stalls. Nearly 15,000 stalls are expected to be set up in the city.
A senior corporation functionary on the condition of anonymity said, “On every slip we issue it is clearly mentioned that no stalls should be set up in parking places. But on the other hand, we understand that these are the only days when shopkeepers can do brisk business so we allow them to put up stalls.”
He said, “The police cannot just blame the municipal corporation for traffic chaos. It is in fact written on all slips issued to the vendors that they cannot put up stalls in parking spaces. So the police can also check the setting up of stalls in the parking area.”
Shoppers choke city raods
Throughout the day, traffic snarls were witnessed in various city markets as haphazardly parked vehicles led to chaos. The motorists jostle for space on roads leading to main shopping areas. The worst affected areas were Sectors 8, 9, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46 and 47 markets. The Sector 22 roundabout, 34-35 rotary, transport roundabout, Sector 26, road dividing Sector 40-41, Sector 44 roundabout, Manimajra and industrial area near Elante Mall remain most chaotic.