For the third successive day, all shops across Mumbai remained closed, as traders continued their stir against the proposed local body tax (LBT), which the state government plans to impose from October instead of octroi.
While Mumbaiites are already facing the inconvenience of not being able to buy essential items at local shops, the situation could get worse in the next two days as traders at the wholesale Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) market in Navi Mumbai joined the indefinite strike on Wedn-esday. The city’s supply of vegetables, fruits, food grains and other commodities comes from here.
“If the strike continues for the next two days, it will affect the supply of food articles,” said Jayesh Vora, director, APMC.
Your best bet is to shop at supermarkets and malls, which have their own supply chain and are not affected by the agitation.
While most political parties expressed solidarity with the traders, the state remained firm on its decision to impose LBT. The Chief Minister’s Office ruled out immediate amendments to LBT. “Any decision on LBT will be discussed in the session of the state legislature,” the CMO said. That’s in July.