Entering or exiting the high-rise glitzy buildings in city is emerging to be a Herculean task, as neither the owners nor the planning mandarins in the civic authority thought it fit to think of the convenience of people who would either shop or work there. Yes indeed, the issue is car parking.
Even as there is simply no space, the fact that the municipal corporation officials have simply turned a blind eye to the violations by many of the commercial buildings which don’t have parking space or are running commercial activities in basement makes it worse.
In spite of several complaints, the staff of building branch has failed to act against the buildings that are violating the building bylaws. Notices have been served, but precious little doe otherwise.
Majority of the complexes are located on or are abutting the College Road, Mall Road, Rani Jhansi Road and some other buildings near the Fountain Chowk and these came to notice after an RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal complained to the MC.
Visitors are forced to park their vehicles outside many of commercial buildings on the College road due to the nonavailability of parking space at these buildings.
Even as the MC has declared the Mall Road a declared road, violations are rampant here too.
Satish Thaman, a member of the Ludhiana west sub-division grievances redressal committee, said, “Some building owners have installed grills around the parking space in front of their buildings. The MC should conduct a survey to check the building violations. The building branch is responsible as the officials concerned had failed to take action when these building were constructed.”
Vijay Kumar, who is the head draughtsman, at MC’s Zone D, said, “Notices were issued to some of the buildings for violating the norms near the fountain chowk.”
Assistant town planner, SS Bindra claimed that he did not have information on violations here, as he had only recently taken charge of Zone-D.
Additional commissioner, Rishipal Singh said, “I will look into the matter and take required steps as per law.”