Diwali rush: Road to Sector 18 market to be ‘no parking zone’

  • | Saturday | 11th November, 2023

NOIDA: As more people are flocking to the Sector 18 market for Diwali shopping, the traffic department has decided to make the stretch from Atta Peer to Atta market in Sector 27 a no parking zone.To streamline traffic, police have prohibited autos and e-rickshaws on the stretch from Atta Peer to Atta Market, and also blocked a cut — locally called China Cut — which is used by commuters to cross the road.Several traffic cops have been deployed there to ensure its compliance.With more than 1,000 shops, showrooms, and outlets in the Sector 18 market, and nearly 700 shops in the Atta market, the Noida shopping hub witnesses a massive rush during the festive season. There are vendors encroaching the roads and pavements to sell diyas, candles, and home decor products which leads to further traffic snarls.Talking about the elaborate parking arrangements by traffic police, Anil Kumar Yadav, DCP, said, The roads outside GIP Mall, DLF Mall, Sector 18 market, Atta Market in Sector 27, etc. have been marked as no parking zone. Visitors are advised to park their vehicles in the malls authorised parking or multi-level parking in Sector 18. Traffic police will tow away the vehicles if parked on the roadside.Meanwhile, SK Jain, president of the Sector 18 market association, alleged that blocking the China Cut near Bikanervala is preventing people from crossing the road from Sector 18 to Atta Market and vice versa, which is affecting the business on both sides.People are visiting the market to buy sweets and gifts. Captain Vijayant Thapar Marg divides Sector 18 and Atta Market in Sector 27. Traffic police have blocked China Cut, due to which people from Sector 18 cannot crossover to Atta Market, Jain said.We also published the following articles recentlyGovernment outlets offer atta at Rs 27.5 a kiloThe Centre has launched the sale of subsidised atta (wheat flour) at a rate of Rs 27.5 per kg under the brand name Bharat Atta. This move aims to provide relief to consumers during the festive season. The packaged atta will be available at 2,000 outlets and 800 mobile vans. The government has allocated 2.5 lakh tonnes of wheat to agencies at a subsidised price, with the condition to sell the atta made from this wheat at the lower rate. Union minister Piyush Goyal announced the formal launch of Bharat Atta, following the success of a pilot project.Traders ask for parking lot at Central marketThe Central Vegetable Market Association in Madurai has submitted a petition to the local collector, demanding a proper parking facility before the construction of a new onion market. The association argues that the current unloading area is insufficient for the heavy vehicles used by the traders. They also requested wider roads, closed rooms with ventilation, and a specific allocation of shops for wholesalers and retailers. The corporation has not yet finalized the design of the onion market and will consult with the traders before construction begins.Bharat Atta at Rs 27.50 per kg: How to buy subsidised wheat being sold by CentreThe Indian government has launched the sale of subsidised wheat, branded as "Bharat Atta", to provide relief to consumers from high prices ahead of the Diwali festival. The wheat will be sold at a subsidised rate of Rs 27.50 per kg, compared to the prevailing market rate of Rs 36-70 per kg. The wheat will be sold through cooperatives NAFED, NCCF, and Kendriya Bhandar via mobile vans and outlets across the country. In addition to wheat, subsidised Bharat Dal and onions are also being provided to consumers.

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