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

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Trade associations claimed that there will be no business activity in the wholesale or retail markets of Delhi.

Around 7 lakh traders and over 3,000 shops in Delhi have chose to down shutters on Wednesday to protest the ongoing sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi.

The call for the bandh was given by the Chamber of Trade Industries (CTI), Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), Indian Industries and Trade Group, and Federation of Trade Association last week.

Almost 10,000 traders' organisations are taking part in a mega rally at Ramlila Maidan.

Sadar Bazar, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazar were amongst the prominent markets that wore a deserted look, reported the Financial Express.

The sealing drive has affected the lives of almost 40 lakh people, including traders, their employees and family members, Khandelwal said.

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Traders across Delhi will not send their children to school and colleges on that day as a mark of protest, he said.

The traders' main demand is that the Centre introduce a bill or promulgate an ordinance to stop the sealing drive.

The Delhi sealing drive is being carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee and being implemented by the three BJP-led municipal corporations.

The building departments of the north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations continued sealing shops in the city, and the drive is being overseen by a monitoring committee appointed by the court.

Protesting against the gross violation of the MCD Act 1957, traders took out protest march in about 100 markets, on Tuesday. They said many establishments were being sealed without show-cause notices. According to CAIT secretary-general Praveen Khandelwal, almost 3,000 shops have been sealed in Delhi in the last three months.

"The Delhi government has submitted the notification of 351 roads in the Supreme Court", the spokesperson said.

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