RESTRICTIONS ON LOADING-UNLOADING OF GOODS IN DELHI MARKETS MAY HIT TRADE
SHIMLA-----In a matter being heard by Delhi High Court on stoppage of loading & unloading of material in Delhi markets in day time may pose serious threat to business activities in Delhi to a great extent. The attitude of the Court on this matter reflected at a hearing yesterday has caused an atmosphere of anxiety among traders of Delhi regarding future of their business. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has seized the crucial matter and is convening a meeting of Delhi Trade Associations to decide future course of action.
Meanwhile, the CAIT is despatching memorandum to Home Minister Shri Raj Nath Singh and Delhi Lt. Governor Shri Anil Baijal urging their immediate intervention in this matter. A CAIT delegation will soon meet both Mr. Rajnath Singh and Mr. Baijal very shortly.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Administration has ordered stoppage of loading & unloading of goods during day time in Karol Bagh & other markets which has irked the traders. In the hearing held yesterday, the High Court has directed Delhi Police to file a report of enforcing this restriction to 13 other markets of Delhi.
These 13 markets include Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Vikas Marg, Sarojini Nagar, Green Park, Lajpat Nagar, Yusuf Sarai, Mahipalpur, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar and Sector 10 Dwaraka market.
The High Court while hearing the case has said that no market will be treated in isolation and in fact the Court will review this issue in context of whole Delhi which has caused anxiety among traders and most likely the restrictions may be enforced in all major markets of Delhi.
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal & Delhi State General Secretary Mr. Dev Raj Baweja said that loading & unloading of goods is an integral part of business activities and if restrictions are imposed, the trade of Delhi will come to a halt. If loading & unloading of goods is permitted after 8 pm in the night, it will pose a greater security threat to traders and will distort the law & order in Delhi and the traders will be rendered as round the clock bonded labour. It will be impossible to conduct smooth business activities in Delhi and such a situation will highly damage the centuries old distributive character of Delhi trade .
Both Mr. Khandelwal and Mr. Baweja has suggested that at loading and unloading of goods should be allowed at least from 12 noon to 4pm during day time to ease transportation of goods in Delhi. The CAIT is also contemplating to intervene in the said Case being heard by the High Court.