Ease Lockdown & Reopen Markets, Appeal Traders
The Morning Standard|May 13, 2021
CITING financial losses due to the Covid-induced lockdown, a group of traders on Wednesday urged suggested the Delhi government to ease restrictions and allow the reopening of the retail markets with strict measures.

Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA), an association of shopkeepers in Connaught Place, said that business activities should be permitted in the markets with strict enforcement of Covid protocol.

“Traders are finding it difficult to cope with the hardship and survive. Lockdown is not the answer to the pandemic. Strict enforcement is required. All illegal hawkers should be removed from the corridors of Connaught Place as they do not follow standard operating procedures,” said Bhargava.

He also sought rebates in property tax and electricity fixed charges.

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