Export market at Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar to be shut for Covid violations | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: After finding violation of Covid norms, the district administration on Saturday ordered the closure of a section of Sarojini Nagar Market from July 18 till further orders.
According to an order issued by the administration, “an inspection was done by the SDM, Vasant Vihar, on Saturday at 5.30 pm and it was found that the export market in Sarojini Nagar was extremely crowded with the Covid-19 norms being grossly violated and no social distance being maintained. While various directions have been issued from time to time for ensuring Covid- appropriate behaviour, the market associations have still not complied with these directions and hence, the decision has been taken to close Export Market, Sarojini Nagar from July 18 till further orders.”
Traders’ associations, however, claimed that they were not served the order formally and they got to know about the development only after the local police turned up at the site late Saturday. “After the local police made the announcement, we went to the SDM office to get clarity on the matter but couldn’t find anyone there. We are unhappy with the decision because unlike other places, we ourselves are making best efforts to implement Covid norms and holding meetings with officials regularly. In fact, almost every day, someone is visiting the market from the district administration office and we are not raising objections even if challans are issued to defaulting shopkeepers. But targeting only the shopkeepers and not taking action against others violating norms is not justified,” said Ashok Randhawa, president of Mini Market Traders’ Association.
Ashok Kalra, general secretary of Sarojini Nagar Market Association (big shops), said, “We made the specimen passes but the administration demanded photos of the shopkeepers, their workers and other details to be incorporated in the passes. The exercise will take time.”

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