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Monday, 20 July 2020

Rohtak cloth market shut, traders cry foul

vinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 19

Shouri Cloth Market, considered Asia’s biggest market, has been closed till further orders in view of crowding there and violations of guidelines issued by the district administration to contain the spread of Covid.

Sources said the district authorities had directed the traders of the market to open their shops on the basis of the left-right system but many traders did not follow the directive, leading to crowding in the market.

Some Covid cases have also surfaced in the market. All these reasons forced the authorities to issue closure orders, sources claimed.

The closure orders were issued by District Magistrate RS Verma on Sunday.

“The fear of Covid infection still remains in Shouri Cloth Market following the persistent crowd. Hence, the issuance of closure orders is imperative to curb human loss. The market will remain closed till further orders,” said the DM. The situation would be reviewed after three days, he added.

The Shouri Cloth Market, established in 1951, has over 1,200 shops. Clothes are supplied to Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and across Haryana.

The Rohtak Wholesale Cloth Mercantile Association has described the closure orders as unjustified, stating that it would further cause financial loss to distressed traders. “It’s the festival season. People were visiting the market to buy clothes for ‘Teej’ and ‘Raksha Bandhan’. With the authorities ordering the closure of the market, traders are angry. They should have issued a challan and imposed a fine on violators instead of closing the market,” said Rajeev Malhotra, president of the association.

from The Tribune

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