Open mall culture needs discipline, planning

Open mall culture needs discipline, planning

Role of NMC, police, traders, customers is equally important

Nashik: The open mall culture in the Main Road area from the Chandicha Ganpati to Gadge Maharaj statue and also from the Sadarbh Hospital to Bhadrakali Mata Mandir stretch in the central part of the city is in dire need of crowd management and discipline on the part of NMC, police and the traders as well - the role of people, customers is equally important.

There are many open shops in prime markets of Ravivar Karanja, Main Road, Saraf Bazaar, Gadge Maharaj Statue, Bhadrakali Mata Mandir, Sandarbh Seva Hospital etc. However, these places lack proper parking facilities.

To add to the woes, hawkers and vehicle owners park their vehicles in front of the shops. The police are also openly turning a blind eye to this.

There is still no concrete solution to this civic problem. As these areas attract thousands of customers every day, not only for the bikers, motorists, it is also an uphill task for the pedestrians to find a smooth passage.

Traffic jams during festivals

Nashikites celebrate festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Padva, Ganeshotsav, Eid, Ramadan, Sandal and Moharram. However, as there is no alternative route, the roads become narrow creating traffic bottlenecks during the festivities.

We are doing our business here; However, due to lack of space for parking, customers park their vehicles in front of shops. The crowd is now growing as the Corona restrictions have been relaxed. The police as well as the municipal corporation should take strict steps to reduce the crowd. Allow shops that are legally licensed. Create separate zone for hawkers.

- A shopkeeper

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