Sector 17 parking lots reopen, riders put in place for traders

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 09:55 IST
Mayor Arun Sood and city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon reopening one of the two parking lots in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Monday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)

After weighing its decision of closing down two parking lots in Sector 17 on the political scale, the BJPled municipal corporation on Monday revoked its decision. The trader community of the sector has been opposing the decision tooth and nail. BJP’s own councillors, too, were against the move and, above all, the Congress was cosyingup with the shopkeepers, forcing mayor Arun Sood to revoke the order.

After having a meeting with the traders on Monday evening, the mayor ordered reopening of the lots—Sahib Singh and Empire Store parking areas— which were closed on May 9, the day multi-level parking lot was inaugurated in Sector 17.

The decision has been revoked, but some conditions have been laid down, which were signed by the traders in agreement. Both the lots will remain closed till 11.30am so that shopkeepers and their staff parked their vehicles at the multi-level parking. The shopkeepers will be issued passes for the multilevel parking and the said lots will be closed once the 50% of the work on Sector 17 rejuvenation is complete.

Mayor and MC commissioner B Purushartha held a meeting with traders late in the evening and finalised the deal.

The mayor said, “We have decided to open both the lots as traders agreed to our conditions. They were also convinced with the presentation regarding development of Sector 17 Plaza.”

The traders were protesting for a week against the closure of the lots.

Earlier in the day, traders were shown the presentation regarding development of the City Centre at the MC office in Sector 17, but traders dug their heels on reopening of the lots.

Neeraj Bajaj, president, Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, said, “We are grateful to mayor and MC commissioner for revoking the decision. We are not against the development of Sector 17, but at this juncture, we are suffering huge losses. We are grateful to the Congress and other bodies, which supported us.”

The Congress that was supporting the traders from the beginning termed it as the “victory of democracy”.

City Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra said, “This decision is victory of democracy. If a dictatorial decision of this kind is taken in future, they will be made to act this way only.”

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