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More than 1,000 shops in Chandni Chowk may face shutdown

More than a thousand shops selling suits, sarees, jewellery and shoes might shut down at the busy Chandni Chowk market, with the municipal corporation serving notices to them.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2012 23:29 IST
Hamari Jamatia

More than a thousand shops selling suits, sarees, jewellery and shoes might shut down at the busy Chandni Chowk market, with the municipal corporation serving notices to them.

In February and March, the unified MCD had asked the shops to submit a list of documents, including parking charges receipts, failing in which the shops have been asked to shut their units.

The shop owners who have been working in the area for the last 30 to 40 years are outraged but say that nobody is willing to listen because the deliberative wing of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) is still being organised.

The notices have been sent to regular shops that sell wares on the main market road.

NDMC Officials say that the shops must submit documents or else face consequences.

“The NDMC is yet to be properly set up. Once it is complete, action will be taken against the shops who have failed to submit documents,” said a NDMC official.

According to the traders, they could not submit documents because some of the certificates sought — such as as NOC from landlord and conversion charges receipts — were ‘outrageous’.

“The traders of Chandni Chowk do not pay conversion charges as they are exempted under Master Plan 2021,”

said a trader. A team of traders will meet the deliberating wing of NDMC next week to discuss the issues.

The problem occurred in the market because of a new licensing policy introduced by the unified MCD in 2009. Despite the MPD 2021 putting a ban on distribution of new licences in ‘non-confirming areas’ — where trade is not allowed — the unified MCD hired an agency to survey the market and issue licences. In 2010-2011, the survey was called off after it was pointed out that new licences cannot be issued.

The unified MCD then held meeting with the traders over the licensing policy and the two could not come to an agreement.

“We have been asked to deposit parking charges and conversion charges receipts but we are in a special area and are exempted from such taxes. The NDMC is just trying to harass the traders through such fraudulent means,” said Sanjay Bhargava, general secretary, Chandni Chowk Sarv Vypar Mandal.