The city centre (Sector 17) is the heart of Chandigarh's activities. It comprises the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Parade Ground, District Courts, etc. on one hand, and vast business and shopping center on the other. The 4-storey concrete buildings house banks and offices above and showrooms/shops at the ground level with wide pedestrian concourses. The Neelam piazza in the center has fountains with light and water features. Proposal to set up an eleven storey building in Sector 17 is in the offing. Sector17 is the commercial center of Chandigarh, India having number of banks with their offices here, it is a center for people of Chandigarh for their social gathering. It is surrounded by Sec-22,Sec-16, Sec-18 and Sec-9.
Sector 17 market
Sector 17 market is the most upscale and expensive place to shop in Chandigarh, housing retail outlets of many name brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Levi's, Dockers, Adidas, Nautica, Puma, Nike, Reebok among others. The market is famous in the region for purchase of luxury goods. Some of the eating joints include Hot Millions, Sindhi Sweets, Sagar ratna, Ovenfresh, Indian coffee house, Cafe Coffee Day etc. Its increasing popularity has made it the most famous place in Chandigarh and the future shop-to place for even big brands like Versace, Armani, BVLGARI and Gucci.
Sector 17 in 2003, was the first place in Chandigarh to start a prize-giving trend during Diwali season. Later, Sector 22, Sector 34, and Sector 19 also started it. The daily prizes included Mixer Grinders, Blenders etc. , while the mega prize included a Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Accent and Tata Safari. The mega prizes were changed every year after then. The initial response was outstanding as there were millions people taking part in the Big Game. Later, after 3-4 years, it started to fade out, and the 2007 bombings in various parts of india, proved to be a major reason that people started to attend it less. The prize ceremony officially ended in Sector 17 in 2006. The market was back to its normal self in 2007 and there were no prizes in 2007, 2008 and 2009. However, the market association plans to revive the Big Scene in 2010.