LUDHIANA: To deal with the festive rush, officials are zeroing in on places to make temporary parking arrangements. The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has decided on one location and is considering the other. Municipal Corporation is also working. The development is aimed at avoiding traffic jams in the markets.
With the help of JCB machines, the municipal corporation has started removing eight acres of GLADA land located opposite the Mini Secretariat, the vacant land near Kapoor Hospital, Old Court Chowk and Mohan Dai Hospital. Its officers have been given two days to complete the work, so that parking arrangements can be made there.
PS Gill, chief administrator of GLEDA, said, “We are making temporary arrangements for parking on GLADA land in front of the mini secretariat on Ferozepur road. This parking will be for the festive season only. We will run it and fix the parking charges very soon.
About two weeks ago, cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and other legislators held a meeting with police commissioner Naunihal Singh and senior MC officials on steps to resolve traffic problems in markets during the festive season. During the discussion, he blamed illegal parking for overcrowding and jam. Therefore, it was recommended that temporary parking arrangements be made around the busiest markets.
In the meeting, it was suggested to set up a facility on Glada land in front of the Mini Secretariat to deal with the crowd in Ghumar Mandi and adjoining areas. Similarly, parking can be arranged at BL Kapoor Hospital and Glada Land Old Chowk in Chaura Bazar. There was also a proposal to develop temporary parking at the rear of the Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital, as it has a huge market. “There is a possibility that the entry of vehicles may be restricted in very busy markets during festivals,” the sources said.
During the festive season, long queues of vehicles form in the city markets. The industrial city does not have adequate parking facilities and the municipal corporation cannot do anything to build smart lots. The proposal for parking at Feroze Gandhi Bazar and underground parking on the National Highway did not become a reality.