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Still no takers for underground parking lots in Sector 17

There are still no takers for the two underground parking lots in Sector 17 as a traders' body, which had recently been asked by the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to take over the parking lots, has said the civic body was yet to meet the conditions laid down by the association.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2012 01:08 PM IST

There are still no takers for the two underground parking lots in Sector 17 as a traders' body, which had recently been asked by the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to take over the parking lots, has said the civic body was yet to meet the conditions laid down by the association.


Sector-17 Trader' Association general secretary Jagdish Kalra said they had asked the MC to hand over the parking lots only after ensuring proper infrastructure, drainage and installation of gates. "However, they have not done anything to date," he said.

The underground parking lots - one near the Sector-17 post office and one behind medical officer health - have been a picture of neglect for two years now. Though the traders' body and the MC had met thrice, no headway has been made so far.

Now, the corporation in a fresh reminder has asked the association to reconsider the issue. MC additional commissioner Lalit Siwach said the corporation was working on the problem. "We are trying to work on the conditions laid down by traders and hopefully it will be sorted out soon," he said.

The additional commissioner added that traders had agreed to operate both the lots free of cost. "They will be put up hoardings at the lots," he said.

Traders, however, have stuck to their conditions. If utilised properly, the two parking lots, which have been under-utilised because of poor sanitation and lighting, can accommodate 1,200 two wheelers.

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