Puducherry, Sep 7 : Traders of ‘Sunday Bazaar’ here would down their shutters on Sunday and take out a procession to the legislative assembly to protest against the move of the government to shift the bazaar to a less crowded place as part of its plan to decongest the town, AITUC General Secretary Sethu Selvam said on Saturday.
Talking to news persons here, Mr Selvam said that for the past 50 years, the Sunday bazaar is functioning and it is an identity for Puducherry. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had announced that the Sunday Bazaar will be shifted stating that most of the traders working in it are from other states and Puducherry is not getting any revenue from it.
Mr Selvam said out of the 2,000 traders, 70 percent are from Puducherry.On every Sunday, the regular shops will remain closed and at that time only the Sunday Bazaar is functioning, he said, adding that Puducherry Municipality is collecting a tax of Rs.10 for one meter area. If it was closed, the traders there and poor people who used to purchase commodities form the Sunday Bazaar will be affected, he said.
The AITUC General Secretary said the traders will take out procession towards the assembly or to the Chief Minister's residence and submit a memorandum to him on the issue. Mr Narayanasamy had stated in the assembly that steps would be taken to shift the Sunday bazaar from its present place at the Mahatma Gandhi Road. (UNI)