The weekly carnival held at Sector 17 plaza may soon witness a revival. With the malls in the city giving stiff competition to Sector 17, the traders of the area have raised the demand that something should be done to make the commercial hub of the city livelier. However, the proposed policy is facing objections.
The issue is to come up for discussion at a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation scheduled for Friday. Earlier, the carnival used to be held every Saturday at the plaza. For some years it was held in collaboration with the Tourism Department. Thereafter, the contract was given to a private company for
three years. However, the company only held the event for a few weeks.
The Municipal Corporation has now proposed that rent of Rs 25,000 and security deposit of Rs 50,000 be charged from those who would organise the event. This has not found favour with many.
Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra says, The amount that is proposed to be charged is quite high. MC should charge if some commercial activity is to take place. The event management company that would hold the carnival would not want to pay so much rent apart from bearing expenses of setting up the stage. This needs to be reconsidered.
He said that he would be writing to the MC that the stage for the carnival should be shifted towards the bridge market. This would ensure that the area which is neglected would be revived.
The traders have over the past few months expressed concern at the malls attracting crowds, especially over the weekends. Due to this, Sector 17 which was considered the commercial hub was losing out. Further, most of the theatres in the sector are closed down. Just one single-screen theatre is functional.
General secretary of the Traders Association J P S Kalra says there is a need to liven up the sector. Due to recession, the market is also affected. Over the years, the theatres closed down. The bus stand was partly shifted out of Sector 17. We have held meetings with the officials of the MC demanding that some steps be taken to ensure that the sector is lively. However, the policy that is being proposed is not quite suitable, he said.