Complying with the Punjab and Haryana high court orders, the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) has earmarked Hallomajra village as an alternative site for the Sunday car bazaar.
The high court had two weeks back directed the Chandigarh administration to shift the car bazaar in Sector 7 by March 31 to some other place.
MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said: “We have earmarked an alternative site of five acres in Hallomajra. But there is mosque at the site and we have written to the UT estate office to tell us the status of the religious structure. If the mosque is illegal, we can demolish it, else we will look for some other site. We are yet to get a reply from the estate office.”
The petitions were filed by the Car Dealers’ Association and a Sector-7 showroom owner, Satpal Garg. The association had moved the high court in April 2015 stating that it should be given a suitable place for running the business. Garg, on the other hand, had submitted that the car bazaar was held every Sunday in front of the showrooms in the parking space, which was a adversely affecting their business. Hence, it should be shifted to some other place.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary said: “We have written to the engineering department for an alternate site. We will shift the car bazaar once the site is finalised.”
President of the Car Bazaar Association Gulshan Kumar said: “We want the authorities to provide us a suitable site having all facilities.”
The Sector-7 market on Madhya Marg, where the car bazaar is held every Sunday, is not a suitable site due to limited space. Around 2,000 cars are put up for sale at the market every Sunday, leading to chaos.