Shops not allotted, Sec-48 food street gathering dust

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 10, 2014 11:59 IST

Residents’ wait for a food street in a southern sector is getting longer even as a cluster of six food stalls was inaugurated in Sector 48 seven months back, with the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh failing to frame a policy on the allotment of shops.

The municipal corporation had approved the project in 2009 and its foundation stone was laid in November the same year. After a long wait, the project was finally completed in February this year.
The shops were constructed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. There are six stalls with as many concrete benches for customers.

Speaking to HT, area councilor Davesh Moudgil said, “It is very unfortunate that the MC has not formulated the policy on the allotment of shops till date. I requested the MC to allot the shops several times, but nothing happened.”

“It was the second food street in the city meant for the residents of the southern sectors of Chandigarh, especially those living in group housing societies of Sector 48, 49, 50 and 51. I am meeting the MC commissioner on Wednesday in this regard,” he said. MC additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia said, “We are working on framing the policy. But I do not know how much time it will take to give the policy a final shape.”

No only this, the civic body has failed to allot nearly 240 booths in various parts of the city in the past one decade for which it suffered a loss of nearly Rs 5 crore in the absence of any policy on this.

In November last year, the civic body constructed 40 booths under newly constructed overbridge in Sector 17. All of them are lying vacant.

Similarly, 12 booth are lying vacant at the Sector 17/22 subway; 140 at Mauli Jagran village; 26 booths meant for the air-conditioned fish market in Sector 41 and other villages in Chandigarh.

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