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Delhi traders welcome Kalam's statement

The aggrieved traders see a ray of hope in the president's words.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 23:24 IST

Delhi traders, facing a sealing drive against illegal commercial establishments in residential areas, on Sunday welcomed President APJ Abdul Kalam's statement that he hoped the issue would be sorted out soon.

"I hope a solution to the sealing issue will come out soon," said Kalam while talking to schoolchildren at the end of a film festival organised by the Children's Film Society of India in New Delhi on Saturday.

The aggrieved traders saw a ray of hope in the president's words.

"Such a statement from the president has come at a very crucial time when the Delhi traders are struggling hard to protect their lives and livelihood from the sealing," said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary-general Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

"This statement has brought great satisfaction among the trading community - that sensing the grave situation, the highest authority in the country has taken cognisance of the matter," he added.

Following a Supreme Court directive, Delhi's civic authorities this month resumed the operation to seal unauthorised shops and commercial units in residential areas even as traders continued their protests against the move.

First Published: Nov 19, 2006 23:24 IST