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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 7:25 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 7:25 AM (IST)

Shopkeepers protest paid parking, fear it will push away customers

Shopkeepers protest paid parking, fear it will push away customers
Members of the Hall Bazar Shopkeepers’ Association protest against paid parking in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar

Amritsar, June 10

Led by Congress councillor’s husband, shopkeepers of Hall Bazaar on Monday staged a protest to oppose the MunicipalCorporation’s(MC) proposal for paid parking alongside the roads.

The MC has planned to convert the roadside area from Hall Gate to Town Hall and from Sikandari Bagh to Town Hall into paid parking. At present, the area is being used for parking of vehicles by shopkeepers and shoppers but no money is charged for the same.

The shopkeepers fear that with the MC giving the area to some private contractor who would charge fee for parking would affect their business. Sunil Sharma, husband of a local councilor, said, “The customers would have to pay for parking and as a result they would avoid coming to the area which would certainly affect the business.” He said that the shopkeepers would not allow paid parking in the area at any cost.

The shopkeepers stated that the government and the MC should built multi-storey parking at Old Machhi Mandi and Old Sabzi Mandi in the vicinity of Hall Gate.

The MC has identified 10 new paid parking sites in city which would be allotted through open bidding on June 12. The new paid parking sites, include Old Sabzi Mandi outside Hall Bazaar, the stretch of Circular road from KD Hospital to Karm Singh Ward, outside MC’s Ranjit Avenue office, Town Hall to Sikandari Gate, Hall Gate to Town Hall, link road alongside Celebration Mall, road outside new DTO office, road from District Library to Government College and the stretch from Sadar police station to Care Well Hospital.— TNS

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