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Games restrictions may make Diwali costly

Delhiites will have to spend extra money for Diwali shopping thanks to the Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2010 02:21 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times

Delhiites will have to spend extra money for Diwali shopping thanks to the Commonwealth Games.

The traders are facing a stock shortage because of restrictions on entry of goods vehicles in the city due to the Games.
As goods from neighbouring states will reach after the current restrictions are lifted, traders claim that they will be charged a higher sum from the wholesalers which will also reflect in the price they will charge from the consumers.

According to them, there might be a hike of approximately 20 per cent in the price of goods.

Vehicles carrying goods can enter the city only between 10 pm and 6 am. Traders claim that even during night, most of wholesalers from the neighbouring towns and cities are not sending their vehicles in Delhi fearing harassment at security checks.

“We don't have much stock currently and even if we place order now for the samples, by the time we will get, it would have become very costly as Diwali would be near," said Paramjit Singh Pamma, president of federation of Sadar Bazaar Traders association.

Traders of Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh among others claim that transporting goods within the city has also become a huge problem. Traders also claim that most of the markets are already facing huge losses because of the restrictions.
“Entry of autos has also been stopped by the Delhi Police in Chandni Chowk since Tuesday which has directly affected business. Our sales are down by 50 per cent and if we are unable to stock up goods right now, we will have to pay extra money later,” said Sanjay Bhargava, general secretary of Chandni Chowk Sarv Vypaar Mandal.

“Consumers will also have to pay extra, though our margin will remain the same,” Bhargava added.

First Published: Oct 08, 2010 02:19 IST