Haphazard parking, mismanagement mar fest’s spirit

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 12:02 IST

From unsupervised vehicle parking to the absence of guide maps, instances of sheer mismanagement were plenty at the ongoing Rose Festival where outstation and local visitors had a tough time reaching the venue.

None of the municipal corporation staff or traffic cops could be seen managing the temporary parking lots made around the garden in Sector 16 and Leisure Valley, Sector 10.

Also, no guide maps were made available for visitors to guide them to the parking. Meanwhile, the traffic cops were deployed around the Matka Chowk, Sector 17 where the VVIPs were entering from while barricades were put up for common public.

Interestingly, a public announcement system installed at traffic lights of Sector 16 and Sector 17 and Matka Chowk was also not being used to manage traffic flow.

Talking to HT, Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Patiala said that he was very excited to see rose festival but he struggled a lot to park his vehicle as he first went to Matka Chowk where traffic cops asked him to park vehicle behind Hotel Taj where a lot of vehicles had already been parked.

Similarly, Parneet Singh, a resident of Kharar said that he somehow managed to park his car near Matka Chowk, Sector 17 but faced a lot of problem when he came back, as lot of vehicles had been parked behind his vehicle. Singh said he and his family kept on waiting for an hour to get the vehicles cleared.

Mamta, a resident of Jalandhar who helped her husband to get out of the parking lots, she said that they had parked the vehicle behind the government arts college, Sector 10 and it took them half an hour to get the vehicle out of the parking lot.

When contacted, Mukesh Anand, chief engineer and in charge of the festival said they did not prepare any guide map or earmarked any parking lots but they had shared details with the traffic police to take care of the traffic management.

He said that they had limited parking areas so people parked vehicles only around the Rose Garden and Leisure Valley.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Sherawat, DSP (central), traffic said MC had earmarked these areas for parking and they were supervising the traffic flow and helping the visitors and added that he did not receive any complaint related to parking.

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