2nd February, 2018
7 LAKH BUSINESSES & 2500 MARKETS ARE CLOSED TODAY
CAIT DEMANDS SPECIAL TASK FORCE UNDER DELHI LG FOR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
The commercial activities in Country’s capital is standstill today with the beginning of a 48 hours Delhi Trade Bandh call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against arbitrary sealing of business establishments in Delhi. More than 7 lakh commercial establishments and more than 2500 markets across Delhi are participating in Delhi Trade Bandh.
All wholesale and commercial markets across Delhi are kept their shutters closed today In protest against continuous sealing in Delhi in utter violation of statutory provisions of The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act,1957. To demonstrate their anguish & resentment , the traders took out protest march in about 500 markets of Delhi and held demonstration at about 100 different places across Delhi demanding immediate stoppage of sealing and de-sealing of properties already sealed.
It is estimated that during the day long Bandh there will be a business loss worth Rs. 1800 crore thereby causing a loss of revenue to the tune of about Rs.150 crore to the Government. Beside working hours of more than 20 lakh people engaged in Delhi trade have gone waste.
Mr. Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of CAIT said that there are multiple Authorities working in Delhi with lack of coordination resulting into hampering of systematic planned development. It is demanded that to ensure timely planned development of Master Plan, the Union Government should constitute a Special Task Force under Chairmanship of Delhi LG & comprising of senior officials of Urban Development Department of both Central & Delhi Government, DDA, MCD & Delhi Police beside having representatives from trade.
Mr. Khandelwal further said that the traders are demanding the Government to bring an Amnesty Scheme to maintain status quo as on 31.12.2017 and no penal action should be taken against any trader but offences may be compounded by introducing a compounding policy and in future the law and its implementation should be made more strict and offenders be given exemplary punishment. They have further demanded that Delhi Government should immediately notify 351 Roads as commercial or mix land use pending with it since last many years.There should not be any sealing or penal action in Special Area till the time is redevelopment plan is drafted and put to action.
He further said that the MCD should develop sufficient parking space as it has already taken thousands of crores of rupees as parking charges from the traders.Uniform FAR upto 400 should be given to authorise additional construction. Commercial use of Basements in all areas should be allowed. The Local Shopping Centres were given on commercial rates and therefore no conversion charge should be levied on them. The conversion charges should be levied maximum upto 10 years with no penalty or interest up till now.
All major wholesale and retail markets of Delhi including During 48 hours Trade Bandh prominent markets which will remain closed includes Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Kashmiri Gate, Bhagirath Place, Lajpat Rai Market, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Chawri Bazar, Nai Sarak,Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Defence Colony, Green Park and all other Markets of South Delhi, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Kirti Nagar and other markets of West Delhi, Ashok Vihar, Model Town, Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Rohini and other markets of North Delhi, Paharganj, Krishna Nagar, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, Jagatpuri, Shahdara, Loni Road, Mayur Vihar and other markets of trans yamuna area remained completely close today.