After being pulled by the Punjab and Haryana high court for ignoring the illegal trading of vehicles at Gian Singh Rarewala market here, the municipal corporation finally woke up to take action on Friday.
The MC team towed away two vehicles, which were parked there for trading, besides, two other vehicles which were parked there for repair.
On Thursday, taking serious note of illegal trading of vehicles in Gian Singh Rarewala market, the high court (HC) had directed the Ludhiana municipal corporation to ensure that no trading of vehicles took place there. The court also directed the MC to send a report every week after visiting the market.
HT in its report, "Vehicle trading goes unchecked at Rarewala Market", had on January 19 highlighted that trading of vehicles was going on at the market in violation of HC orders. In 2005, the HC had directed the Ludhiana deputy commissioner to issue directions to the authorities concerned to ensure that no trading of vehicles was conducted at the market.
This HT report was presented before the HC bench on Thursday during the hearing of contempt where MC commissioner Rahul Tewari was also present.
MC superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon said, "On the directions of the high court, we towed away two used cars, which were parked there for trading, while two other cars that were parked there for repair. We will continue to keep a check on illegal vehicle trading at the market."
Raja Narinder Singh, who runs his office in the market, said, "We have been suffering for long as the parking lot was being used illegally for trading of vehicles. The parking space should be used by visitors to park their vehicles, instead of trading of vehicles."
MC additional commissioner Davinder Singh said, "We had conducted a meeting in this regard on Friday morning. We will take steps to stop the illegal activity of trading of vehicles in Gian Singh Rarewala market."