Parking woes on Mall road leaves residents peeved

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 23, 2015 09:15 IST

Commuters are a harried lot due to lack of parking arrangements in several commercial buildings on Mall road. Though some buildings have parking space in front of their structures, but most of times barricades can be seen installed to stop parking of vehicles.

The security staff of most of the commercial building are most often seen arguing with the visitors, who are forced to park their vehicles in no parking zones. These security staff also does not allow the visitors to park the vehicles inside the white lane on the road.

Thus the haphazard parking of vehicles on the road causes traffic snarls. According to the area residents, most of the owners of the commercial sites keep their parking space reserved for their staff or special customers, which results in such a problem.
According to norms, anyone can park his or her vehicle in the white lane area but the commercial building owners have also encroached upon the white lane portion by installing temporary grills and barricades.

A commercial store owner on Mall road parks his car in front of the building and he has also got installed barricades for this purpose.

Though cops can be seen present here most of the times, they do nothing to curb such a practice.

Most of the buildings on the Mall road are violating the building bylaws as there is no parking space. Some building owners also run commercial activities at the parking lots. According to building bylaws, every commercial building should have its own parking space.

MC superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon also admitted that several commercial building owners are illegally using the road portion to park vehicles as they don't make arrangements of parking at their buildings. The commercial building owners are not authorised to stop anyone from parking vehicles under white lane, he said.

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