In violation of the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, trading of vehicles is continuously going on in the Gian Singh Rarewala Market, Ludhiana. Moreover, the authorities concerned have failed to stop unauthorised trading.
As the authorities are not taking any strict action, cars are being sold in front of the warning boards displaying high court's orders.
In 2005, the high court had directed Ludhiana deputy commissioner to issue directions to the authorities concerned to ensure that no trading of vehicles be conducted at Gian Singh Rarewala Market.
According to the building owners at the market, the Car Bazaar is still held here and the cars for sale are being parked at the parking lot, which has been made for the visitors to the offices in the market.
When the HT team visited the market, many vehicles were parked there for sale.
Raja Narinder Singh, who has an office at the market, said, “Car Bazaar is still held here on every Sunday. I don't know why the authorities concerned don't take any strict action. The cars on sale are being parked by the sellers at the parking lot, and the visitors are left with no space to park their vehicles. We have filed complaints many times, but to no avail.”
“The high court had put a ban on trading of cars in 2005 at the congested markets of Ludhiana. We want the directions should be implemented in properly,” he added.
Another person, who runs an office in the same market, said, “The business of other shops is suffering due to trading of vehicles. The officials do not take any action on our complaints. MC officials visit the market for the sake of formality, and don't take any action.”
Meanwhile, the shopkeepers dealing in sale and purchase of cars claimed that no trading of cars was being held after the high court orders. But the workers, who deal in sale of cars, admitted that cars were being sold here.
MC commissioner Rahul Tewari was not available for comments.
Contacted, Jasdev Sekhon, superintending engineer of MC's Tehbazari wing, expressed ignorance about any type of trading of vehicles.
Sekhon said, “We visit every Sunday to check the car bazaar, but we don't find any violation. If any such trading is going on then, we will take required action.”