Shopping rush in city markets fuel traffic snarls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 21:47 IST

The traffic was thrown out of the gear on Tuesday as the city residents headed for markets to buy Diwali gifts and house-hold items to celebrate the festival of Dhanteras.

As people thronged the city markets for picking up goodies just before the 'festival of gifting', the roads were choc-o-block, particularly in the evening.

The serpentine queues of vehicles could be witnessed with parking in almost all markets, blocked by tents put up by shopkeepers. Coupled with that, road berms were also full of stalls offering 'diyas' and other Diwali stuff.

The traffic cops were of no help as due to stalls put up by shopkeepers, the traffic spilled over to roads and motorists were compelled to leave behind their vehicles along roadsides.

With the number of vehicles increasing every year, people have to face long traffic jams during every festival season, especially during Diwali. Nikhil Anand, a shopper and Sector-20 resident, said the traffic blues have increased over the past five years. The most affected areas are the sectors with higher concentration of glassware shops, electronic goods and bakery items.

In various markets of Sectors 9, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41 and 44, the problem got worsened with the stalls in the parking lots, making it difficult for people to finding a space to park vehicles.

The Madhya Marg leading to Sector 26 was no exception with some of the wholesale dealers offering dry fruits and Diwali stuff. The rush on the stretch was felt particularly on the rotaries leading to Panchkula, where cops also find it difficult to manage the traffic.

Chaotic Markets

Sectors 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46 and 47


To beat the traffic jam, start your day early. Go to markets or visit friends early in the morning.
Car pool with relatives and friends
Do not park vehicles on road sides
Ride two wheelers to get rid of jam
If you stay in near main shopping areas such as 9, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 29, 44, and 46; avoid taking four wheelers and walk an extra mile, if possible.

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