After a gap of seven years, Sector 17 may again reverberate with live music on Saturdays and Sundays. The municipal corporation of Chandigarh will also be allowing traders to hold mega shopping festival in Sector 17, which will begin by the end of this month and will continue till January.
The issue will come up in the finance and contract committee meeting on Thursday for final approval.
To arrest the sector’s “declining popularity”, the MC is planning to restart its weekly Plaza carnival that was stopped in 2007 and used to act as a platform for local artistes to showcase their talent.
The proposal for restarting the carnival, which was earlier organised every Saturday, will now be also held on Sundays.
Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “We want to revive Sector 17 as it is losing sheen to shopping malls that have come up in the city in the recent past.”
The carnival was stopped in 2007 after the contractor who was allotted the carnival backed out due to losses. The carnival was under Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) till 2002, but was later transferred to the MC.
However, restarting the carnival is not the only way MC plans to give Sector 17 a fighting chance against shopping malls. “We are planning to rope in private companies for beautifying the sector’s shopping area,” said Chhabra, adding “Also, a four-acre open space will be developed near the post office in Sector 17.”
Dance troupes, comedians, magicians, actors, and musicians, used to stage performances as part of the carnival.
City mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan said, “As far as mega shopping festival is concerned, we are allowing traders to hold mega shopping festival in Sector 17.
The traders will be putting up small stages at various parts of sector for cultural activity. This will be a daily affair that will start by the end of this month and will continue till Lohri in January. The terms and conditions will be finalised in the F&CC meeting on Thursday.”