Chandigarh is one of the unique modernist cities in India that is listed as the first planned city of the country. Besides being adequately planned, it is a huge disappointment that the traffic and parking issues in the city with 56 sectors in total, are rising day by day. The plan of the city was brilliant, but the architects forgot to factor in the variables like vehicle population while planning the parkings in the city.
This festival season 2017, again Chandigarh is facing the traffic congestion issues, parking deficiency, and traffic chaos in some prominent sectors. With Diwali 2017 coming up, most of the markets in Chandigarh are completely choked with traffic. In response to the increasing jams, parkings and traffic troubles, Chandigarh Traffic Police has decided to declare some of the sectors as Car-Free Zones.
Sectors 15, 19, 22 and more.. Might Become Car Free Zones in Chandigarh
Although, no official order has been passed by Chandigarh Traffic police yet, still because of increasing traffic troubles in sectors including 15,19 and 22, traffic police of Chandigarh is fully prepared to declare them and more sectors as car-free zones this festival 2017. The news has upset the traders and the decision has been marked nonfeasible by them, already. Along with the decision of blocking the parking in several sectors, Chandigarh Traffic Police is also planning to convert some of the routes as one-way.
President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal to Meet SSP of Traffic Police
As soon as this news of Chandigarh sectors getting declared as car-free areas by traffic police came to light, that instant only traders stood against the decision. According to the traders, this decision is not at all feasible and has requested to find some alternative solution to the traffic problems of the city.
As per the sources, the president of the Beopar Mandal of Chandigarh is going to discuss this issue with the SSP of Traffic Police of the city. Traders have suggested passing the order to avail valet parking to the traffic-prone markets in festival season 2017, rather than completely shutting down the parking area repelling their customers. Another suggestion came up from the Chairman of the Beopar Mandal of Chandigarh that apart from blocking the existing parking space, extra parking space should be created by opening the community centers and nearby schools.
Well! Where this discussion is going on this festive season 2017 in Chandigarh there, last year analysis showed that opening the nearby schools and community centres made no difference as people chose to park their vehicles on road rather than entering these areas. Also, Traffic police have hired extra cranes for towing wrongly parked vehicles this festive season 2017.
Source – IndianExpress