Delhi Shopping Hubs Remain Closed On Day 2 Of Traders' Strike

| February 3 , 2018 , 14:01 IST

In wake of the massive sealing drive carried out by Delhi's civic body, traders announced a 2-day bandh, calling for over 15 shopping hubs in the national capital to shut their shops and protesting against the unacceptable attitude of municipal officials.

Continuing the protests, shopping hubs including Connaught Place, Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar and Defence Colony Market remained closed on the second day of the 48-hour 'Delhi Trade Bandh'.

Praveen Khandelwal of Confederation Of All India Traders who called for the protest on Friday said, "Almost 25,000 markets will be closed. Protest marches against Delhi sealing would be taken out by businessmen in around 500 markets. The ongoing sealing is very harmful to our economy."

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The traders have further warmed of extending their bandh to the third day if BJP-ruled civic agencies failed to meet their demands and stop the sealing drive. The municipal corporation has been sealing the shops that are allegedly using residential properties for commercial purpose. 

Traders have further urged the Central Government to re-open the sealed establishments. DDA has now proposed several amendments to the Master Plan including the increase of Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of local shopping complexes (LSCs) from existing 180% to 300% and regularising agricultural godowns on 12 metre wide roads.

The conversion charge penalties will be reduced from existing 10 times to two times whereas the commercial activity in basements will be allowed in all commercial areas "subject to payment of requisite charges without any discrimination". While the board has reportedly approved the changes, amendments will be notified after another board meeting.