Sakal Maratha Samaj’s strike throws trade out of gear

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:04:55



Business Bureau

The strike called by Sakal Maratha Samaj demanding reservation in Government jobs and education on Thursday paralysed normal life in the city and threw trading activities out of the gear. Almost all the prominent markets here remained closed right from the morning hours because of which trade worth lakhs of rupees was affected.

Wholesale cloth market, Kirana market, wholesale grain market, and hardware market wore a deserted look throughout the day. The impact of the strike was also visible on the public transport and medicine market as
the sense of excitement was completely missing.
Owners of majority of shops and business establishments in Itwari, Gandhibagh, Sitabuldi, Sadar, Gokulpeth, Kamal Chowk and Ramdaspeth among other places downed shutters.

“We have received reports from many areas where business activities were completely affected. And it seems that the traders wholeheartedly extended support to the agitation,” said Hemant Gandhi, President of Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC).

When asked, Gandhi expressed his inability to estimate business loss due to the strike but said that it could be in crores. “Almost all the businesses were affected and each and every trader has suffered financial loss,” he said.Interestingly, Gandhi said that the Chamber has in-principally supported the agitators and thus most of the traders did not open their shops on Thursday.In other parts of the city like Jaripatka, Gittikhadan, Ravi Nagar, Jaitala, Manish Nagar, Medical Square, Anant Nagar and Pratap Nagar some shops were seen opened in morning hours.

However, less than normal rush of customers was reported at all these places. Majority of tea kiosks and eateries in commercial places at Sitabuldi, Railway station area, Central Avenue, Kalamna market and Gaddigodam were shutdown and so was the case with many daily need shops. “Since, it was a State-level strike, I decided to stay at home and did not open my eatery. It is a big financial loss for me but I have no other option,” said one of the eatery owners on a condition of anonymity. Fruit and vegetable vendors in many residential localities also did not turn up on Thursday.

Ram Mahajan, one of the vegetable wholesellers, told The Hitavada that footfalls in the Fule Market was significantly less. “There was enough stock of vegetables available in the market but nearly 50 per cent of the retail sellers did not come to market. It is a big loss for the wholesellers as they could not push the stock in the markets,” he said.
Amit Gupta, President of Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Association, said that 70 per cent of the petrol pumps in the city remained closed which caused hardship to the consumers.

The petrol pump owners chose to shut down the outlets to avoid untoward incidents. However, they resumed the services by evening hours but it certainly caused them business loss.