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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Visitors suffer, courtesy lack of parking space

Visitors suffer, courtesy lack of parking space
Vehicles parked under the elevated road near the Clock Tower. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Jaswant Shetra

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16

People visiting areas located near the Clock Tower in Ludhiana have to face a lot of inconvenience due to the lack of sufficient parking space.

Those visiting the markets are often seen grappling for space to park their vehicles. In fact, this area is one of the oldest areas of the city and is developed in an unplanned manner.

Most of the markets and buildings located in the area do not have parking spaces. The area witnesses a huge rush of people every time as thousands of people from across the state and even from nearby states visit the markets for shopping purpose. But visitors have to face a lot of problem to park their vehicles due to the lack of sufficient parking space.

People visiting areas such as Bhadaur House, Chaura Bazzar, Book Market, Pindi Street and others have to struggle a lot to park their vehicles in the absence of proper parking space. Most of the markets and shopping complexes located in the area lack parking spaces. As a result, visitors park vehicles on roadsides. Though some of these markets have parking spaces, these are not enough to cope with the number of visitors.

There is a multilevel parking facility near the Municipal Council office in Mata Rani Chowk where hundreds of cars can be parked, but still people visiting the markets and even shopkeepers prefer to park their vehicles on roadsides for their convenience. The roadside parking of vehicles by visitors causes frequent traffic jams in the area. Not only cars, but two-wheelers, too, are parked on the road thereby obstructing the flow of traffic. Though the MC and the traffic wing of the police impound vehicles parked on roadsides on a regular basis, people continue to park their vehicles on roadsides.

Ludhiana MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh blamed the lack of parking sense among visitors for the problem. “There is a multilevel parking facility available in the area, but many people park vehicles on roadsides just for their own convenience. While doing so, such people not only cause problems for others, but also leave their own vehicles on the risk of being stolen or damaged,” he said.

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