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Inaugurated last year, two parking lots still have not started

MUSSOORIE: Even as the "Queen of Hills" battles with traffic bottlenecks and lack of parking spaces, two parking lots inaugurated by chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in December last year are yet to be made operational.
These parking lots can accommodate up to 400 vehicles. “What was the point of inaugurating these parking places if they were not to be opened for months? Was it just for earning brownie points before the polls?” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
Over the past few months, Mussoorie has witnessed a heavy tourist rush on weekends. Lack of parking spaces resulted in roadside parking of vehicles, which led to traffic jams.
“Parking is a big issue for the town and roadside parking of vehicles is a major cause of traffic jams on busy weekends. We could accommodate nearly 400 vehicles in these two parking lots. They must be made operational,” said Rajat Aggarwal, president of the traders’ association. “These parking places were inaugurated several months ago and we understand that there was a poll code enforced in between. However, we now urge the government to ensure that they are made operational,” says Sandeep Sahni, president of the hotels’ association of Uttarakhand.

One of the parking lots has been built by the public works department (PWD) at Kincraig, about 2 km from the town, while the other has been made on land owned by the Mussoorie Municipal Council (MMC) below a newly constructed town hall building. Anuj Gupta, chairman of MMC said, “I have written to the authorities and requested them to make the parking lot operational immediately but I am yet to get a response.”
Meanwhile, DC Nautiyal, executive engineer of PWD, said the department had to hand over the other parking to the tourism department, who would now be managing it. “Due to the enforcement of the poll code, the parking could not be handed over to the tourism department. Moreover, its operation plan could not be worked out. Once the government formation is completed, we would speed up the process.”

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