Monday, September 14, 2009

Exit Car Park, Enter Food Court

In the commercial sector 17 in Chandigarh, I often find tables and chairs in the corridors in front of inexpensive eateries. These often disappear - I suspect, when the police 'raid' the area.

It is obvious that the eateries are encroaching on public spaces but who is the real beneficiary?

I take my car and park it for a full day - for Rs. 5 (10 cents) only. Suppose a convenient part of the massive parking area is earmarked for a common food court. Each user can pay Rs. 2 for the luxury of sitting and eating for about half an hour. A person is likely to need 1 sq meter of space in comparison to at least 5 sq meters for a car. It will certainly benefit a lot more people than the car park.

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