200 retailers sealed in Gurugram; shopkeepers up in arms

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, July 16

High drama prevailed at Sadar Bazar, Gurugram, on Thursday because the Municipal Corporation went on to seal round 200 retailers for encroachments.

The shopkeepers, who had arrived to open retailers within the morning, had been in for a shock after they discovered their retailers had been sealed and an MCG discover was pasted on the shutters. The discover held retailers responsible of nurturing non permanent encroachments and never eliminating them regardless of repeated warnings and public bulletins.

Refuting the allegations and refusing to pay tremendous, the shopkeepers staged a protest and demanded MLA Sudhir Singla to step in and intervene.

“These shopkeepers have a host of squatters and ‘rehriwalas’ in front of their shops on a rental basis. This has made Sadar Bazar non-commutable and congested. In case of an emergency, fire brigade or an ambulance cannot get tough. In the current COVID-19 times, this has thrown social-distancing at a toss and has converted the market into an infection hotbed. We had been issuing warnings since a week and the videography was done to identify the accused,” stated Joint Commissioner Gaurav Antil, who spearheaded the transfer.

The shopkeepers, nevertheless, alleged that the drive was meant to extort cash. They alleged that that they had obtained a name at night time by some individuals saying that they had video shot encroachments in entrance of their retailers and had been searching for cash to delete these movies.

“They have hired bouncers who make fake videos and seek money. We will not accept this and pay any fine. We are already undergoing an economic crisis and such an act to mint money by the MCG is unacceptable. We have approached the MLA to intervene,” stated an office-bearer of the market affiliation.

The MCG has lowered the tremendous fee from Rs 3,000 to Rs 2,000 owing to the financial hunch however has refused to de-seal the retailers.

“Encroachment is an illegal and punishable offence. This law is not new and well-known to all, so there is no justification. Encroachment has emerged as the biggest civic issue in the city that triggers other problems as well. We, at MCG, have a zero-tolerance to the same. All allegations towards us are baseless. We have been making public announcements warning of sealing but they are not ready to listen. This problem will be dealt as per the law,” stated MCG Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh.

A protest was on throwing social distancing to toss until submitting of the report.

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