Traders fret, netas trade barbs over sealing

Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

Earlier in the day, Mr Maken expressed hope that the Government would find a solution to the issue which has affected traders across the city.

The Municipal Corporations have undertaken the sealing drive following directions of the Supreme Court appointed committee a year ago.

Prominent markets likely to be closed on Tuesday are Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Vikas Marg, Preet Vihar, Model Town, Azadpur, Kalkaji among several others.

CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said that a "vyaapari panchayat" would also be held in Karol Bagh in which thousands of traders are expected to participate.

The Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) have also extended support to the trade bandh, demanding the central and state governments' immediate intervention.

The CAIT, however, demanded Singh to press the Centre for enacting a special legislation in the Parliament which could overturn the sealing of commercial entities in residential areas - as ordered by the Supreme Court. Kejriwal had on Sunday written to Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, inviting them for the meeting at his residence on Tuesday, saying, "We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing". Maken is prepared to attend the meeting and has identified the subjects that he will broach at the meeting, including the non-notification of 351 roads as mixed-use lanes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Maken, while addressing a gathering of the Delhi Traders Congress, said there were provisions in the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 to protect traders and there was no point in passing a new law.

He said the Delhi government had not yet met the monitoring committee since the sealing drive had begun, adding that the chief minister had also agreed to a meeting with the committee.