Declining footfall at the popular Sarabha Nagar market has forced many shopkeepers and showroom owners at the market to reimburse the parking fee for visitors. The paid parking was started at the market on June 5 after the auction of the parking lot. After the auction, the shopkeepers had witnessed a sudden decline in the footfall at the market that became a reason to worry. Following this, some shopkeepers at the markets decided to reimburse the fee to the visitors at their shops, so that the customers start coming to the market, and do not get affected from the parking fee.
HT had earlier reported that there was a significant decline in the number of visitors to the market, since a parking fee of `5 on two-wheelers and `10 on four-wheelers was imposed by the municipal corporation.
After witnessing a downfall in the sale, some of the traders have come up with the idea to reimburse or pay the parking fee for the visitors to their shops.
The traders claimed that they were not opposing paid parking concept at Sarabha Nagar market, but it was affecting their business. Even some of the traders on Malhar Road are also paying parking fee for the vehicles of visitors to their shops.
Harjinder Singh Kukreja, owner of a popular bakery at Sarabha Nagar market, said, "Earlier, many people used to buy bread from my shop in the morning. But the after paid parking, we have been witnessing downfall in the sale, as customers don't prefer to come to the market anymore. So, we reimburse the parking fee if they come to purchase bakery products from my store."
A shop owner on Malhar Road, requesting anonymity, said, "We are paying parking fee for the visitors, who purchase battery for vehicles or inverters from our store. I can't comment whether the paid parking concept is right or wrong, but it is affecting us."
Sarabha Nagar Main Market Association president Wang Jenn said, "Ropes tied on the entry and exit points of the market should be removed and fee should be charged from the vehicles only if it is parked, not at the entry."