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Aggrieved tenants shut down Super market
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Nov. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Stalls and rooms were shut in Dimapur’s Super Market Tuesday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., by Tenants’ Association Naga Shopping Arcade to protest against the rent hiked by the Development Authority of Nagaland. According to tenants they were not against increase in room rents but were protesting against steep increase comparing to previous rates. Tenants earlier on March 27 had decided to accept only 10 percent hike inclusive of electricity and water bill. They have even stopped paying their rents since May last. A copy of representation, addressed to DAN secretary, which was made available to the media, stated that room/stall rate fixed by DAN were double to those in Hazi park, New Market and Millennium market. Other reason they pointed out was that Naga Shopping arcade was in the outskirts of the town.
Meanwhile, DAN executive officer Noleto Visa disclosed that the board has reviewed the rate and has fixed at Rs 4 per sq ft for ground floor for entrepreneurs and NGOs. Initially DAN had proposed Rs 5 per sq ft while tenants had requested for Rs 3 per sq ft. The officer said accordingly the room rates for first floor and other rooms would be adjusted, adding official order was yet to be published. When asked about the same, some tenants expressed ignorance and said the rate was still too high considering that room rent increased every three years.

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