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Traders plan how to go about 11 pm!

IT?S SET that now the city will be wide awake till midnight every night as the traders in the city are upbeat about the government?s decision to allow shops to remain open till 11 pm and all seven days of the week.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:52 IST

IT’S SET that now the city will be wide awake till midnight every night as the traders in the city are upbeat about the government’s decision to allow shops to remain open till 11 pm and all seven days of the week.

The various markets’ traders associations will have a joint meeting soon to discuss and chalk out a plan about “how to go about it”.

They consider the decision an outcome of the meeting that a delegation of the traders’ association had with the labour minister about one-and-a-half month ago.

“This now makes the situation fare for the markets in the emerging mall culture that is catching up fast. We had a meeting with the minister and
submitted a memorandum to him along with the undertaking that there will not be any exploitation of the employees at the shops,” said Kishinchand Bhambhwani, Senior VicePresident of Lucknow Vyapar Mandal and president of the Hazratganj Traders’ Association.

“Before the mall culture what was there was fine. But once the malls have started coming up, it’s odd that malls are open till late night and all the seven days in a week and this gave an unnatural edge and advantage to the malls while the markets. In next two years the number of malls in the city will be more than half a dozen, and considering this fact the relaxation in timings and days to the conventional markets is apt,” said Banwarilal Kanchal, traders’ leader.

Chander Prakash of Universal Booksellers said: “Consumer behaviour is changing. Customer is being pampered and the new decision is just in right spirit and now if the marketplaces have to retain their identity then they have to compete and take advantage of this relaxation in timings and days.” Now we soon will hold a meeting with all the major markets’ traders association as a lot of things have to be reorganized—for instance hiring more employees. We also need to have meetings with the district administration and the police regarding security or traffic arrangements, said Bhambhwani.