Markets bandh: Delhi traders shut shop in protest against sealing drive

Markets bandh: Delhi traders shut shop in protest against sealing drive

More than 7 lakh shops in over 3,000 markets stayed shut according to media reports that saidimportant markets like Sadar Bazar, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazar wore a deserted look. Wednesday's strike has been called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and the All Delhi Traders and Workers Association (AITWA) to protest against the ongoing sealing drive in the city.

After Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken suggested at an all-party meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on March 13 that the government appoint senior lawyers to represent it in the sealing case, Mr. Jain said the government would be doing so.

As a mark of protest, many traders have not even sent their children to school and colleges so that they can participate in the rally.

Protesting traders were also demanding the Government to protect their premises from sealing by bringing an ordinance, an amnesty scheme for commercial activities on "as is where is" basis as on December 31, 2017.

The transport & and logistics sector has also reportedly extended its support to the bandh and all transport companies shall also remain closed. Traffic snarls and chaos are expected across the city, especially during the day.

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Traders bodies allege that the Monitoring Committee has adopted strict measures while sealing the shops and business establishments.

"The trades have been denied the benefit of fundamental provisions of the MCD Act, 1957".

Neither any show cause notice nor opportunity of placing defence is being given to traders, he further charged. This is the third strike called by traders.

Traders have been hit hard after building department of the civic agencies started sealing business establishments for non-payment of conversion charges, encroachment and illegal construction on the instructions of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee.

On the other hand, the city BJP unit is trying to calm down the traders and have assured that the Delhi Development Authority will approve changes to the national capital's master plan' at the earliest.

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