A team of top officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on Monday descended on Sadar Bazar in Old Gurgaon and asked traders not to encroach upon the public space.
The team led by Huda administrator Praveen Kumar and joint commissioner YS Gupta of MCG told shopkeepers that the administration would sternly deal with encroachments.
The officials also identified two sites for setting up multi-level parking lots.
“Parking facilities can be developed at these sites and I will speak to MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal in this regard,” said Praveen Kumar.
The first site the officials have zeroed in on was a plot on the backside of Hanuman statue near erstwhile MCG office, and second is at Kaman Sarai.
The team inspected the Sadar Bazar area as there were complaints from the public that encroachments on pavements had caused congestion traffic and nuisance for pedestrians.
The administration’s efforts to beautify the market turned futile due to encroachments as there is not enough space for shoppers and parking vehicles.
The authorities ordered seizure of articles from vendors who had encroached upon the public space. This triggered resentment among shop owners.
“It is administration’s responsibility to provide parking facility for vehicles. Also, before seizing our possessions, they should upgrade infrastructure,” said Virender Jain, a shop owner.
The officials said parking facilities will be set up soon.