MARKETS IN SOUTH DELHI OBSERVE TRADE BANDH TODAY AGAINST SEALING
IF NOT HEARD, DLEHI TRADERS WILL GO FOR DELHI BANDH
In the wake of continuous sealing of shops in various parts of Delhi, the South Delhi Traders today observed a Trade Bandh in different South Delhi Markets which wore a deserted look.Shutters in prominent markets like Greater Kailash, South Extension, Defence Colony, Hauz Khas, Yusuf Sarai and others remained closed today and no commercial activity took place. Thousands of traders and employees of these markets later gathered at South Extension and while staging a demonstration demanded respite fro sealing.
The protesting traders were demanding that the markets which in the very beginning were granted as Local Shopping Centres and Local Commercial Markets and where traders are working since decades what is the logic of demanding conversion charges and that too more exorbitant in compare to residential areas converted into commercial areas. Its quite injustice and much against the spirit of the principle of natural justice. On the other hand the proposed FAR of 350 or 400-500 should be immediately implemented by the Central Government since commercial activities are being conducted to meet the demand and the Government has failed to built enough commercial space in Delhi.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) categorically said that if there is no hearing of the version of the traders by the Authorities, then traders of whole of Delhi shall be compelled to observe Delhi Trade Bandh in near future. The CAIT has demanded immediate direct intervention of Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and urged him to initiate dialogue with Traders delegation.
The CAIT while supporting todays South Delhi Markets Trade Bandh called by different Trade Associations of South Delhi said that sealing in Delhi is being done in utter disregard of the constitutional provisions of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,1957. The MCD officials are behaving like bonded labor of the monitoring committee and sealing the premises by violating their own governing MCD Act,1957. There is no one to listen. The sealing has created a havoc and local customers are not visiting Retail Markets whereas Traders from outside Delhi are refraining themselves to come to Delhi in wholesale markets. The distributive character of Delhi trade is at the verge of too much distortion.
Mr. Praveen Khandelwal and Secretary Mr. Ramesh Khanna also said that the unified MCD has passed 351 Roads to be declared as commercial & mixed land use about 10 years back and sent the list for notifying these roads to Delhi Government. It is highly regretted that no steps have been taken and the issue is dumped in the files. The CAIT has called upon Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal to immediately notify the roads to provide relief to traders who are conducting business activities on these roads.