Protesting against the imposition of e-trip system within the city, traders under the banner of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal observed "black day" by wearing black badges on Tuesday.
Representatives of different trades, including yarn dealers, hosiery manufacturers and edible oil dealers, led by former minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Satpal Gosain staged the protest.
Beopar mandal general secretary Mahinder Aggarwal said the Punjab government had backtracked from its assurance of not imposing the e-trip system within the city.
He said Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and chief parliamentary secretary, excise and taxation, Saroop Chand Singla had assured the traders that the e-trip would not be applicable for movement of goods within the city, but the government failed to keep its promise, which has affected the movement of goods in the city.
He said for the transportation of goods from the city, the system could be implemented through transporters, but it would hit the traders even if implemented within the city.
Setting a week deadline before the Punjab government for withdrawal of the system from within the city, the traders warned the government that they would be forced to intensify their stir if the government failed to act.
President of the Ludhiana Yarn Dealers Association Radhe Shyam Ahuja said the e-trip system was not acceptable to them.
Despite their regular protest against the e-trip system, the government was not willing to accommodate their concerns.