Chandigarh’s first multi-level parking opens, two lots in Sec 17 shut

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 11:34 IST
The multi-level parking in Sector 17. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

The much-awaited multi-level parking lot in Sector 17 was inaugurated by UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki here on Monday in the presence of member of Parliament Kirron Kher. The parking lot will be open from 8am on Tuesday.

With this, the administration has decided to shut two parking areas in the market, known as Sahib Singh and Empire Store lots.

After opening the parking lot, Solanki said, “We don’t want anyone to suffer losses due to this. In case anyone faces losses, we will review the decision of closing down the parking lots.”

During the inauguration, e-rickshaws were also displayed, which the vehicle owners can use to reach the Plaza after parking their vehicles at the lot. The administration has hired eight e-rickshaws.

Traders not pleased

A meeting of prominent traders of Sector 17 took place to discuss the issue of closure of two parking lots. Traders said they were already facing losses due to the ‘mall culture’ and the closure of parking lots

will add to their woes. President of Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, Neeraj Bajaj and co-ordinator of sector’s traders association JPS Kalra claimed that traders boycotted the inauguration function.

Congress boycotts function

The Congress party boycotted the inaugural function against the shutting down of two parking lots. A spokesperson said the move will affect the trader community, which was not acceptable.

Kirron: Not shown 1st smart city proposal

Taking a dig at the UT administration, MP Kirron Kher said, “Initial smart city proposal

mooted about six months back was not even shared with me before it was forwarded to the Centre.” Kher, while addressing the audience and mediapersons at the opening of the parking, said, “I am well aware of the recent proposal. The administration shared the proposal with me and it was detailed.”

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