After a brief lull, traders will be back on the streets on Monday to resume protests against the sealing drive. The focus of the protests, this time, will be the order of the Supreme Court-constituted Monitoring Committee striking down relief for commercial establishments operating from DDA and Group Housing Society flats.
From Monday, the traders will observe a “Sealing Chetna Week”. Massive rallies, demonstrations, torchlight processions and relay hunger strikes will be held in different parts of the city.
Monday’s protests will take off from Hari Nagar. “More than 500 trade bodies will participate in the protest programmes throughout the week. Several meetings would be held in different markets in which political leaders of different parties will be invited to express their solidarity with our cause,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
“In case of shops in DDA/GHS flats, no relief has been granted even to small neighbourhood shops or even if the establishments are located on a
notified commercial stretch. The MCD has already started sealing DDA/GHS flats,” said Narendra Madan, CAIT Delhi State General Secretary.
The traders have urged Union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy to direct the concerned authorities to suspend the sealing drive and demanded notification of Master Plan 2021 before January 31.
“Reddy should constitute a Special Task Force comprising government officials and traders so that ground realities can be taken into account while chalking out solutions to any problem,” said Madan.
The traders reiterated their demand to slash conversion charges recently notified by the urban development ministry. A delegation of CAIT members would call upon minister of state Ajay Maken to apprise him about their demands.