The final call on the opening of two prime parking lots in Sector 17 is likely to be taken on Monday after municipal corporation officials make a presentation on the development plans they have for the sector, the city’s heart.
The presentation, to be shared with traders after they decided not to boycott it, is part of the broader idea of developing Chandigarh as a smart city. HT has learnt that the Sahib Singh parking lot (opposite Sindhi Sweets) is likely to be opened after the presentation. A senior MC officer said, “We will not open both the lots, but might open the Sahib Singh parking lot after the presentation. The Empire Store parking lot will remain closed as the new multi-level parking lot is nearby.”
City mayor, Arun Sood told HT, “We will take the final decision on re-opening of two lots after sharing the plans of development of Sector 17 with traders.” He added that irrespective of any decision taken on Monday on the parking lots, it had been clarified to the traders that once work on the development of Sector 17 starts, both the lots would be closed. “We want an undertaking,” he added.
Neeraj Bajaj, president, Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, said, “We have met the mayor and BJP city chief Sanjay Tandon. We have assured the MC that the lots can be closed till 11.30am. Traders will park their vehicles at the new lot. We are not against the smart city, but our business must not be hit.”