Nehru place shops shut to protest civic apathy

2,000 shops, retailers and offices at Nehru Place kept their shutters down to protest alleged neglect of the market by the civic authorities.

New Delhi: 2,000 shops, retailers and offices
at Nehru Place on Wednesday kept their shutters down to protest
alleged neglect of the bustling market in south Delhi by the
civic authorities.

The area wore a deserted look as after shops and offices
located there closed down in reponse to a call from five
associations in support of their demands of a safer,
cleaner and regulated work environment.

"We shall continue to ask for the pride of place that
Nehru Place had come to deserve as a commercial hub adding Rs
1,000 crore annually to the government revenues," said Anil K
Sehgal, president of Nehru Place Improvement and Welfare
Association (NIWA).

A statement from the association said that the working
group of the `Nehru Place Bachao` would continue to bring up
issues with various bodies till they are completely resolved.

"Business and trading community from city`s busiest
commercial hub will continue its `Nehru Place Bachao` campaign
kicked off as a peaceful protest here today," the statement

The core committee of the associations also decided to
support move by the government to check unregulated hawking.
Nehru Place is dubbed as Asia`s biggest computer hardware
and peripherals distribution hub but has been suffering from
"deteriorating civic amenities."

Designed to be one of the most modern complexes by Delhi
Development Authority (DDA) in the 1970s, Nehru Place has over
the years turned into one of the filthiest markets in the
national capital, especially during rains.

About 12,500 people engaged in 1,283 businesses and
offices in Nehru Place who have signed a plea to Lt Governor
of Delhi to save this burgeoning business hub, stayed away
from work and participated in the peaceful protest.


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