Traders appeal to reopen New Market, Hazi Park

Traders appeal to reopen New Market, Hazi Park
Traders gather at New Market in Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/2/2020 1:14:44 PM IST

Traders of New Market and Hazi Park have appealed to the state government to allow them to reopen their shops that remained closed as part of government’s preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, a few hundred traders gathered at New Market Dimapur to appeal the state government and the district administration for reopening shops and resumption of businesses.

Speaking to the media persons, New Market Ward-19 GB, Khekishe Aye, highlighted the grievances faced by traders and said that it has been almost 72 days that the shops at New Market have remained closed. GB said that perishable and non-perishable goods have been badly affected due to prolonged closure of shops. 

With the businesses shut, Aye said the shopkeepers have been undergoing financial problems although they had received assistance from the government twice. “Unfortunately, this lockdown has come at the time of the peak months for them and they have already given up the hope to make extra income during the peak season. 

These poor individuals and their families are now facing certain poverty and survival challenges,” Aye said. Since the traders have to pay salaries to their employees, GB said it has to be business as usual or they would starve.

According to GB, a petition has been submitted to DC Dimapur and Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) to innerve and address the matter, but there has been no positive response till date.

The traders expressed concern that most of the goods that have been left unattended have either expired or gnawed by rats. The traders also claimed that more than eight shops have been robbed.

Questioning the opening of shops at GS road, NL road and Super Market besides footpath stalls, they said there was no difference between them. “Shops selling essential commodities are allowed to operate during the lockdown, but why shops that dealt with similar goods be deprived to earn their livelihood,” some traders questioned.

The traders assured that once the shops were allowed to open they would ensure maintaining social distancing and strictly follow all the guidelines issued by the state government. 

 “We are committed to keep citizens safe and urge the government to enable shops to play its role in the joint fight against the pandemic by allowing the shops to open,” they said.

Further, the traders also appealed to the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) to take up the grievances faced by the traders at large.

Meanwhile, Hazi Park Business Welfare Committee (HPBWC) has also appealed to the DC Dimapur to allow opening of Hazi Park market, which remained closed since March 24, 2020.

In a letter addressed to the DC Dimapur, the committee president Hukato V Achumi pointed out that due to continued closure of businesses the land lords, shop owners including the employees were facing financial crisis. HPBWC has, therefore, urged the DC to consider their distress and permit opening of the market with certain guidelines.

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