Chandigarh MC: Car bazaar sites' auction postponed to May 20

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 04, 2015 20:08 IST

The municipal corporation (MC) has postponed the auction of as many as 60 sites - earlier scheduled for May 5 - at the car bazaar of Sector 7 to May 20. A total of 97 dealers have submitted their proposals to participate in the auction.

Gulshan Kumar, president, the Car Bazaar Association, said, "We have requested MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh to postpone the auction process owing to some objections regarding the car dealers' list uploaded on the MC website."

He added, "We don't want the auction to be held as the car bazaar has been running from the Sector-7 market site for the past 30 years and traders have put in their blood and sweat to make it the biggest car bazaar of the north India. But now the MC is trying to throw us out, which is unjustified. The MC gets Rs 60 to 65 lakh from us every year for the parking space, which has been used by other shopkeepers for free,"he added.

Other members said they were ready to shift to some other permanent location provided all necessary facilities and sufficient parking space is allotted to them.

As per the approved policy, the city residents dealing in the used cars or having an office in the city are allowed to participate in the auction for a period of two years, which can be extended up to three years.

Earlier, only 43 car dealers were functioning from the market that comprises 60 sites. But, some dealers had moved the court regarding misuse of space by some traders. Thereafter on August 11, 2014, the court had directed the civic body to frame a policy.

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