Markets shut in Delhi as Traders protest against sealing drive

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Major Markets across the national capital remain shut on Tuesday as the Confederation of All India Traders along with AAP’s trade wing called for a shutdown to protest against the sealing and demolition drive of unauthorised shop constructions.

All key wholesale and retail markets, including Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh, Kashmiri Gate, Khari Baoil, Naya Bazar, Bhagirath Palace, Paharganj, Rajouri Garden, Jail Road, Rohini, Ashok Vihar and Pitampura remained completely closed and wore a deserted look as no commercial activity took place.

Other markets which observed the “bandh” include Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Defence Colony, Greater Kailash,Green Park, Khan Market, Kirti Nagar, Patel Nagar, Naraina, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Kalkaji, Tughlaqabad, Yusuf Sarai, Vikas Marg, Mandawali, Gandhi Nagar, Shahdara, Bhajanpura, Jagatpuri, Mayur Vihar, Preet Vihar and Shradhanand Marg.

As per the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), more than seven lakh traders belonging to more than 2,000 trade associations across the city joined in the “Delhi Trade Bandh” against the sealing in the city, which they said is in violation of statutory provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act.

“The protesting traders are demanding immediate intervention of the government in the matter of sealing as the basic fundamentals of MCD Act, 1957 have been snatched away from the traders and sealing is being conducted in a dictatorial manner under the guise of Supreme Court order,” news agency IANS qouted citing Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of CAIT, said in a statement.

“The traders are demanding the government to protect traders from sealing by bringing an ordinance, an ‘Amnesty Scheme’ on building and commercial activities on ‘as is where is basis’ as on December 31, 2017, notifying 351 roads as commercial or mix land use and increase in FAR (floor area ratio) to protect additional construction,” he asserted.

Khandelwal further said that the local shopping centres were given on commercial rates and now conversion charge was being demanded and sealing conducted without giving any notice, which cannot be justified.

“The entire sealing proceedings are being run in a dictatorial manner keeping aside the MCD Act,1957,” Khandelwal stated.

The sealing and demolition drive, is being conducted by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes.


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