Pune: Traders welcome 'weekend lockdown' solution, demand extended timings for shops on other days

Sakal Times News Desk
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Pune trader has welcomed the 'weekend lockdown' solution provided the administration allows shops to remain open for extended timings of 10am to 8pm

Pune: The Federation of Trade Associations of Pune (FATP) has welcomed the 'weekend lockdown' solution provided the administration allows shops to remain open for extended timings of 10am to 8pm on other days of the week. "We are opposed to the odd-even formula for opening shops and the administration should preferably allow shops to remain open 10am to 7pm every day, the FATP has said.

FATP has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and conveyed to him that the traders are opposed to any kind of extension to the strict lockdown in the city after July 23. A copy of this letter was handed over to Special Officer for Divisional Commissionerate Saurabh Rao, District Collector Naval Kishor Ram and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner Vikram Kumar.

FATP President Fattechand Ranka has also issued a video in which he has proposed options to the administration. Ranka said, "The three months long lockdown has put all traders in financial crisis. There are about 30 thousand traders in the city and more than 10 lakh employees, workers are dependent on them. Traders are in a desperate situation and are completely opposed to any kind of lockdown extension in the city. If the administration takes any such decision the FATP will oppose it."

"If traders are not allowed to resume their businesses then we fear that there will be huge job losses. We demand that the administration should allow businesses and shops to open after July 23. We are also opposed to the odd-even formula for reopening of shops, as it creates confusion in the minds of traders and customers too. The administration should allow us to open shops everyday 10am to 7pm. We are also open to the option of weekend lockdowns provided shops are allowed to be open 10am to 8pm on Monday to Friday. If any trader does not follow these rules, then the administration should seal the shop for three days," Ranka has stated.

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