There will be a complete one-hour blackout in Sector 17, Chandigarh today. The whole shopping arcade of Sector 17 will get a dark aspect today. The decision has taken by the Chandigarh Business Council to observe a blackout in Chandigarh Sector 17. Today, on the last Tuesday of October month, there will be a blackout in the heart of the city Sector 17 for complete one hour. As per the report, all the shops will remain closed for complete one hour and even the lights will be turned off to observe a complete blackout in Chandigarh Sector 17.
When will the blackout be observed in Sector 17, Chandigarh?
As per the report, the blackout will be observed today, Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The blackout will be a complete one-hour blackout in Sector 17, Chandigarh and the whole shopping arcade will get a dark aspect. Not only all the shops will remain closed in Sector 17 but even the lights will be turned off for complete one hour to observe a complete blackout in Chandigarh Sector 17.
The move has been decided by the General Body of the Chandigarh Business Council and there are several issues that will be brought to light by the council. From 6 pm to 7 pm, there will be no light in Sector 17, and the plaza is expected to wear a deserted look. The council will protest by shutting down showrooms, shops, and even the lights outside the shops to observe a complete blackout for one hour.
Reason behind the Blackout in the heart of the city
As per the head of the Chandigarh Business Council, the vendors have occupied most of the space in Sector-17, Chandigarh. It was reported that sector 17 has become their territory due to which, traders are suffering huge losses. Traders are paying more than one lakh rent but due to the vendors they are suffering losses in the business.
The council alleged that the Municipal Corporation, as well as the administration, is not giving any notice to this grave concern. It was also mentioned in the report that the merchants have invested hugely in the businesses, they pay all taxes and also bear other expenses such as staff salaries, electricity and other bills et al but in return they are losing the business due to the street vendors who have occupied most of the space in sector 17 and there is no place to walk in the sector 17 Plaza.
Similar blackout in Sector 17, Chandigarh
A similar blackout was observed in Sector-17 some time ago by the merchants. The reason behind the previous blackout was the closing of Saheb Singh and Empire Store parking. Due to protest by the traders the Municipal Corporation had to re-open the parking in the above-mentioned parking lots.
The traders alleged that the world’s most beautiful market had been made a street market. The cosmopolitan open arcade type setup has lost its charm due to the vendors. They also stated that the atmosphere of openness has diminished and also the environment has worsened.
Source: Amar Ujala