An order issued by East district magistrate Sonika Singh and Delhi Disaster Management Authority chairperson on Tuesday stated that the “stretch from Vikas Marg to Lovely Public School, Kishan Kunj and its surrounding markets, like Mangal Bazaar, Vijay Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Jagatram Park, Guru Ramdas Nagar, etc would be restricted to open from 10pm on June 29 till 10pm on July 5 or till further orders”. These restrictions are not applicable on shops dealing with essential goods and services.
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“According to the Preet Vihar SDM’s report, shopkeepers, vendors and the general public in Laxmi Nagar main bazaar were not following Covid-appropriate behaviour. Due to large footfall, the market association and shopkeepers were unable to ensure Covid protocols last Sunday,” the order added.
DCP (East) has been asked to ensure strict compliance of the order and East Delhi Municipal Corporation needs to get sanitisation done. The market welfare association has been directed to extend support.
Traders, however, claimed that neither was their consensus taken nor were they informed about the issue of increasing congestion. Sumit Kumar Sharma, president of Mangal Bazaar Traders’ Association, said that rush was witnessed on a few days because people from the nearby areas kept coming frequently to check whether the patri bazaar had restarted.
“The civic body has not given permission to the patri bazaar, but their regular buyers keep coming. Otherwise, the situation remains quite normal here. We got the information after we contacted the local police,” added Sharma.
The shopkeepers claimed that the authorities were not helping them in any manner. Anil Rastogi of G&H Block Market Traders’ Association said, “We are making all efforts to maintain social distancing inside shops and the markets despite getting no help from the authorities. The crowd remains normal, except on Sunday evening. If congestion was noticed, then the authorities should have spoken to us first rather than closing the market.”
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