MARKETS IN DELHI TO BE CLOSED ON 23 JANUARY AGAINST SEALING

Published on Jan 21 2018 - - India - -

MARKETS IN DELHI TO BE CLOSED ON 23 JANUARY AGAINST SEALING

TRADERS DEMAND AMNESTY SCHEME  TO PROTECT TRADE

Being highly aggrieved with the ongoing sealing of business establishments in Delhi, the traders across the City will observe a day long Delhi Trade Bandh on 23 January to lodge their strong protest and resentment against such an unjustified, unilateral and illegal move of sealing which is destroying the trade in Delhi.

The sealing is being conducted by sidelining fundamental provisions  of MCD Act,1957 under the guise of order of Supreme Court and needs an investigation as to why the traders are being deprived of such provisions-said the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT)

The decision was taken at a meeting of Delhi trade  held on Saturday at Constitution Club in New Delhi which was attended by trade leaders of about 400 leading Trade Associations from all over Delhi. ” Its a Trade Bandh and as such only shutters of the shops will remain closed in all markets  and no commercial activity will take place “-said CAIT.

In a unanimous resolution passed at the meeting the traders demanded an Amnesty Scheme to protect Delhi on As is Where is basis as on 31st December,2017 and demanded strict action for any violation in future and not only the traders but even officials should also be held responsible. Delhi trade has been built over decades and ruining the same at a stroke will destabilise Delhi to a great extent-add Resolution.

“The situation of the trading community in Delhi in the wake of the sealing drive is so pathetic that they have been reduced to the status of beggars,” the confederation said in a statement here.”There is no platform to hear us, we are not even made parties to the judicial process and we are made to suffer without being heard.In a Country which upholds highest tradition of democratic and human rights , the traders are being uprooted without taking the ground realties into consideration and that too without giving any opportunity of defence-said Mr. Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of the CAIT.

Mr. Vijay Kumar, President, South Extension Association said that Local Shopping Centres are already declared commercial areas and therefore sealing in these areas is totally unjustified whereas Mr. Rajendra Gupta of Delhi Steel Tools & Hardware Traders Association and Mr. Satender Jain of Delhi Iron & Hardware Merchants Association said that Walled City has been designated as Special Area for which a Redevelopment Plan is yet to be made and as such sealing in special area is beyond reasonable prudence. Mr. Arun Singhania, President, Delhi Hindustani Mercantile Association said that Chandni Chowk is a traditional commercial centre even beyond Mughal era hen what is the logic in conducting sealing activities in all these areas.Mr. Ramesh Khanna, President, Rajouri Garden Association deeply regretted that even after lapse of 10 years, the 351 Roads already identified as Commercial or Mix Land Use have not been notified by Delhi Government.

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