Traders of vegetable and grain markets call for checkposts at entry points to be removed within two days
To protest against the Administrations decision of constructing checkposts at the market,traders of the vegetable and grain market,Sector 26,will go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday (January 7) if the check-posts,put up at the entry points are not removed. The decision was taken in a joint meeting of traders on Saturday.
A joint action committee has been headed by the President of the grain market,Bhim Sein. Apart from traders of the respective markets,the meeting was also attended by president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and representatives of the trader cells of all political parties.
The traders said barricades congest the already crowded markets and cause great inconvenience to both,the public and traders.
A similar move by the administration a few years ago,had received the same response in the form of protests and agitation by traders of the city after which,the barricades had to be removed.
Chairman of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal MP Kohli and President of the Mandal Charanjeev Singh,extending full support,said they will also take up the issue with the executive committee of the CBM.
Bhim Sein said that the delegation of traders would call upon the deputy commissioner,administrator and heads of all political parties to demand the removal of barricades. If the barricades are not removed in next two days,the traders would then go on an indefinite strike from January 7.
The Chairman of the Market Committee Devinder Singh Babla had,on Friday,given a representation to UT Administrator General S F Rodrigues (Retd) demanding the removal of the checkposts. He had stated that the checkposts had been set up after people,led by trader Digvijay Kapoor,had complained to the Administration. It was,however,inconveniencing the traders and customers. Digvijay Kapoor,meanwhile,denied that he had asked for the barricades to be set up.
He said,I had submitted a charter of demands to the Administration. It contained demands like improvement in parking facilities,among others. We also wanted to know where the money collected was being spent by the market committee. But we had not demanded that checkposts be set up.