Delhi: Sarojini Nagar traders may down shutters over Covid curbs | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Sarojini Nagar export market, a 200-shop section within the main market area, has been closed due to violations of Covid-19 norms.
Traders in the entire area said they would meet the authorities on Monday and all sections would down shutters indefinitely from Tuesday if their demands were not met.
According to a government order issued on Saturday, the export market will remain closed from Sunday till further orders. The order issued by the sub-divisional magistrate of Vasant Vihar said an inspection was carried out on July 17 at 5.30pm during which it was found that the market was “extremely crowded, with Covid norms being grossly violated and no social distancing being followed at all”.
The administration has also stated that despite several directions for ensuring Covid-appropriate behaviour, the market associations at Sarojini Nagar have not complied with these orders. Many markets in the capital, such as Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh Gaffar and Lajpat Nagar, had been temporarily closed in the past few weeks for overcrowding and violation of other Covid-19 norms.
In a meeting of all market associations at Sarojini Nagar on Sunday, it was decided that a representation would be made to the authorities on Monday for opening the export market and all markets, including the main section, Babu market and mini-market, would close in protest from Tuesday if their demands were not met.
Traders attribute violation of social distancing norms to illegal hawkers and street vendors. Ashok Randhawa, who heads the market association in the mini-market, said shopkeepers could ensure social distancing norms only inside the shops and the administration should do the same in open areas. “There are thousands of street vendors and small goods sellers on roads who are causing crowding, but they are not being stopped,” Randhawa said.
A meeting of all stakeholders of the market was held on July 9 to rectify the situation. It was decided that to restrict the entry of hawkers and regulate the crowd in the Sarojini Nagar market, passes will be issued by the market associations and authorised vendors to their members and employees and police will implement access control at all five entry points once the ID process is complete. More civil defence personnel were also to be deployed.
“The ID process is underway, but it will take some time to issue more than 4,500 cards,” Randhawa said.


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