FIGHTING THE FESTIVAL RUSH
Ludhiana: Visitors to city markets may be allowed to park their vehicles on the grounds and grounds of nearby schools and colleges during festival season. âWe organize meetings with the school authorities. Our priority is to involve public schools and colleges in this. If that doesn’t work with government institutions, we will approach private centers, âsaid Police Co-Commissioner (City & Traffic) Deepak Pareek.
After a meeting between former Police Commissioner Naunihal Singh and officials from the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada), at least 10 temporary parking sites have been finalized in the city. However, on top of that, more parking space is needed near the markets.
Pareek said: âThe traffic chaos is one of Ludhiana’s biggest problems. Now, when the festival season approaches, residents will go out and visit the markets. To avoid traffic jams, certain measures are taken. “
The lack of parking space in and around some markets is a major concern. âSome markets, like Ghumar Mandi, do not have designated parking space and therefore people avoid visiting them and this also results in loss of business. We are therefore approaching schools and colleges in these regions to use their space to park vehicles after opening hours. People can park their vehicles in these schools and colleges and from there rent pedicabs or autorickshaws to get to the market, âhe added.
Temporary parking arrangements have already been made on the vacant land in Glada. Work has started on some sites such as the vacant lots in front of the mini-secretariat and Old Session Court Chowk. âAll of these sites will be paid parking lots,â he said.