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When Delhi shuts down, neighbours feel pinch

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 04:56 IST

Frequent strikes by Delhi traders against the sealing of unauthorised shops in residential areas of the city have started hurting the neighbouring states — especially Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The two states, with strong trade links with Delhi, have been suffering heavy financial losses every day due to the frequent disruptions and have been left with no option but to silently hope for the return of normality.

In Uttar Pradesh, the small-scale units have been worst hit due to problems in raw-material supply from the Delhi markets. "The majority of the small-scale units are dependent on the suppliers in Delhi. The closures in Delhi have certainly posed problems for the industry," said DS Verma, executive director of Indian Industries Association.

He said products manufactured by the small units have also failed to find their way to the Delhi markets. "The Delhi

region is the biggest market for products manufactured by small-scale units in Uttar Pradesh," Verma said.

Parts of the state are also dependent on Delhi for supply of medicines. "We expect supply shortages of drugs arriving from Delhi-based wholesalers in the next two to three days. All we can do is wait and watch," Diwakar Singh, president of Chemists and Druggists Federation of Uttar Pradesh, said.

Things are no better in Rajasthan. Retail trade in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer and Alwar has been severely hit.

Prem Biyani, general secretary of Rajasthan Federation of Trade Industry, said retail traders in the state have been losing Rs 50-60 crore per day as they are heavily dependent on Delhi for supply. "The situation may worsen if the strike continues," he said.

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