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Noida begins sealing,locker owners worried

Worried customers gathered around various banks as the Noida Authority began the sealing drive against commercial establishments in residential areas on Wednesday.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida | Published: February 2, 2012 3:25:15 am

8 banks sealed; customers will be allowed to remove valuables

Worried customers gathered around various banks as the Noida Authority began the sealing drive against commercial establishments in residential areas on Wednesday.

The first day of the drive was confined to Sector-19,which has 21 commercial banks,1 insurance company,1 guest house,a playschool and a placement agency on residential plots.

Eight banks were sealed and 13 were given time to wrap up their activities,Noida officials said.

“Out of the 8 banks sealed,7 had already shut operations. Vijaya Bank was still operational,so we had to clear out the employees and then seal it. The other 13 banks gave us written affidavits saying that they were in the process of shifting and needed a couple of days to complete the process — like allowing people to remove bank accounts and lockers. Since we want to cause minimum inconvenience to the public we have allowed them time,” an official said.

United India Insurance also submitted a similar affidavit and was given time to shut shop; Shamrock playschool,Rai Residency guesthouse and a placement agency were sealed.

The customers,meanwhile,wondered about the fate of their valuables in bank lockers.

Mahesh Yadav,a customer of Vijaya Bank,said,“I do not know what will happen now. I have very important papers relating to my family business in the locker,and now it is sealed. There is only a notice on the front door which says that the bank has been shut down and will shift soon. But I will need them next week,and the bank authorities aren’t here to explain.”

The Noida Authority said if the sealed banks submitted an application confirming that they were in the process of shifting and wanted time to allow their customers to remove valuables,an extension will be granted.

“We are trying to keep things as flexible as possible. If they send us an application,we will allow them to conduct activities relating to moving out. However,we will extend the sealing drive to other sectors tomorrow,” said Captain S K Dwivedi,CEO of Noida Authority.

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