Delhi unblocking: Traders welcome lifting of odd-even restrictions | Delhi News
Traders on Sunday welcomed the Delhi government’s decision to end the odd plan and allow all markets to open seven days a week. They said the move was needed to boost sales which have reached a level record.
New Delhi: Traders on Sunday welcomed the Delhi government’s decision to end the even-odd plan and allow all markets to open seven days a week. They said the move was necessary to boost sales which have reached an all-time high.
Several market associations have come together to develop their respective action plans to ensure strict application of the Covid protocol.
To make customers feel safe, Connaught Place traders have put up posters outside their stores, stating that all of their staff are vaccinated. “We ordered badges saying ‘I am vaccinated’ for the traders and their employees. There are also plans to launch a month-long sanitation campaign to keep the area safe, ”said Atul Bhargava, president of the New Delhi Traders Association.
Bhargava, however, called for a crackdown on illegal peddlers. “Our efforts will come to naught if these hawkers continue to set up stalls in total disregard of Covid standards,” he said.
At Sadar Bazaar, the Covid Coordinating Committee will continue to ensure that no gatherings take place in the market. They decided to give discounts to buyers who were already vaccinated.
“We formed a Covid Coordinating Committee last week in which 24 members, mostly representatives from different markets, worked very hard to coordinate and encourage traders to maintain social distancing and follow other standards. With the lifting of the odd plan, our responsibility has increased considerably as there will be a sudden increase in the number of visitors, ”said Rakesh Yadav, president of the Federation of Sadar Bazaar Traders Associations (FESTA).
“All jewelers, cosmetics, plastics, hardware stores and other associations in the market have been asked to motivate people to get the vaccine by offering small gifts or discounts to those who have already made the jab,” said Rajendra Sharma, secretary general of FESTA.
Traders in Sarojini Nagar can ask authorities to limit the number of visitors by issuing tokens and barricading certain entry points. On Sunday, the market saw a huge rush. “We haven’t made a final decision yet, but individual traders have assured us that they will not allow more than two customers on their premises at a time. Social distancing can be maintained easily as long as the roadside patriotic market is not authorized by NDMC, ”said Ashok Randhawa, president of Mini Market Sarojini Nagar.
Rajendra Sharda, president of GK-I M Block market, said security guards and parking attendants were only asked to enter duty after being vaccinated.