Sukhna Needs a Hawkers’ Zone

 

I cannot think of a Chandigarh (India) itinerary without SukhnaLake, a popular hangout for exercising, picnicking and or unwinding with friends / family. Well-maintained lake has everything: a bar and restaurant, boating facility, parking zone, sports complex, watch tower, police control room and public conveniences. However, a picnic spot or a weekend getaway without affordable popular local traditional snack options is like a body without soul.

Recently hawkers selling roasted chana and peanuts and chana dal garnished with raw onion and lemon have been removed from the lake premises. A health cart is introduced, selling expensive “healthy” food. I tried a sandwich – a few thin cucumber, tomato, onion and potato slices arranged between two pieces of whole wheat bread. It was priced more than INR 100/-. Not worth the money spent. I also ordered aloo chat, which had some stale ingredients to my disappointment.

Channa kulcha, ice cream and cucumber hawkers do business on pavements outside the lake premises and / or in parking zone. A hawkers’ zone next to the lake will help in catering to visitors from diverse economic backgrounds and ensure that pavements and the parking zone are exclusively used for predefined purposes.

One Comment:

  1. This forum needed skahing up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

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