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Parking problems mount

With malls and shopping complexes mushrooming all over the city, the space for parking vehicles has shrunk. The residents and commuters are facing acute shortage of parking space.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 30, 2009 01:32 IST
Vishal Rambani

With malls and shopping complexes mushrooming all over the city, the space for parking vehicles has shrunk. The residents and commuters are facing acute shortage of parking space.

When out for shopping or visiting someone, it takes almost 10 to 15 minutes to park one’s vehicle on the road.

MC to blame

Although the civic body is supposed to solve the public’s problems, but when it comes to parking space, it seems that the MC itself creates traffic hazards by allotting parking spaces on prime locations.

The scene of parking outside the local courts on the busy Ajnala Road, State Bank Cantt branch, in Kairon Market and at GT Road is poorly managed and creates hurdles for normal traffic.

Even though the MC has allotted sites for parking but these places itself create traffic problems as contractors are using roads to park vehicles to mint extra money. Besides, the parking spaces in government owned buildings are poorly managed. The scene of parking is worst at Ranjit Avenue, Mall Road, Hall Gate and Lawrence Road.

Parking on roads rampant

Notwithstanding the Municipal Corporation and the Amritsar Improvement Trust having parking lots at Lawrence Road, Pandit Deen Dyal Upadhay Market, Karion market and opposite the Fish Market, they have very less usage, as people mostly park their vehicles on roads, flouting rules.

Commenting on the traffic hindrance due to MC’s parking lots, Gurdip Singh, a resident of Hall Gate, said that as the steel vendors have encroached upon the way leading to the MC parking in the fish market, thus most of the people visiting the area park their vehicles on roads and this lead to traffic problems. He said that the MC must adopt strict action against the violators.

Basements misused

On the other hand, Onkar Singh Babrah, manager with an insurance company, contended that the main reason behind the shortage of parking space is that the basements of the commercial buildings, which were originally planned for parking, have been converted into banquet halls or being used for commercial purposes by the owners.

Haphazard parking

The situation is worse at Mall Road and Lawrence Road. Even though there were spaces meant for parking, but it was not properly managed. “Just visit the Ranjit Avenue B-Block Parking, where vehicles are parked here and there. The MC must put lines for regularising the parking in such big spaces,” he added.

Besides, the civic body should act against such malls and shopping complexes that have illegally converted parking space into commercial use and are using the roads for illegal parking.

Multi-storey parking: The answer

When contacted, MC Commissioner D.P.S. Kharbanda said that as the city is expanding, parking space has become a problem. Therefore, the MC has mooted plans for multi-storey parking, one of which is already competed near Sri Harmandar Sahib and another is under construction opposite Gurdwara Saragari, which would get operational by March.

He said that already the MC has issued notices to violators using parking space for commercial purposes and if someone is still not abiding by the law, the MTP department will take action against him. The MC is also putting yellow lines on roads to regularise general parking, he added.