Ujjain: Traders are reportedly irked over left-right arrangement of unlocking. They want that all shops be allowed open together. They believe that instead of a left-right arrangement, administration could reduce opening time to prevent congestion. Restricted unlocking of markets would begin from June 1.
Members of the District Crisis Management Group had invited traders to Brahaspati Bhawan on Monday to discuss the unlocking process. In the meeting, traders strongly objected to the left-right arrangements. Traders said that the arrangement had failed last year and also hits the business. They felt that it would lead to dispute and create a mess. Instead, the administration could reduce shops’ timing, they said. However, the administration cited state-level guidance behind the left-right arrangement.
Vikramaditya Cloth Market Association even handed over a letter demanding that all shops be allowed to open together. It was argued that the arrangement would cause problems for customers. According to Association president Prasann Jain said that Vikramaditya Cloth Market had only wholesale shops and the market complex was closed from all sides. Only one type of goods was available in a shop. The left-right pattern would cause a lot of trouble for the customers. They would have to come to market again and again for purchase and this would also increase their expenses. “We are ready to follow the rules. Opening the entire market with rules such as social distancing, the imperative of face mask, should be allowed,” he said.
Similarly, Lakherwadi Traders Association was also in favour of opening the entire market simultaneously. Association president Mahesh Payalwal said that traders had suffered heavy losses. Wedding season was over. The trader’s stock was full. Last year too, he suffered a lot of damage. This time too much damage had been done. Most of the businessmen have debts. This could only be compensated by opening the entire market.
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Dabripeetha Traders Association also favoured opening of entire market simultaneously. Association member Vinod Ramwani said that the administration could reduce time of opening of shops. The textile market never opens at 6 in the morning. It opens by 11 am. In such a situation, opening the market from 11 am to 6 pm will not be a problem. Customers would also be upset over left-right arrangement.
OFFICIAL PRESS NOTE
A meeting of various merchant associations of the city was held under the chairmanship of higher education minister and Covid-19 minister in-charge of the district Mohan Yadav. In the meeting, guidelines issued for prevention of Covid-19 infection were discussed in detail and information was given to traders. During the discussion, trade organisations assured support to measures for prevention of Covid infection. They also welcomed the decision to open 50% shops as per state government guidelines. MP Anil Firojia, MLA Paras Jain, collector Asheesh Singh, SP Satyendra Kumar Shukla and Municipal Corporation commissioner Kshitij Singhal were present in the meeting.