Current serious situation of Corona pandemic in Delhi coupled by the recent statement by Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal wherein he expressed the possibility of 5.32 lakh corona infection cases in Delhi by end of July, has caused a huge stir in the business markets of Delhi. In the wake of this, the traders have become more fearful than before and keeping this in mind the Delhi Chapter of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has begunan online survey among the leading trade organizations of Delhi seeking their opinion whether Delhi’s markets should be closed at present to bring down considerable numbers in projected figure of Corona cases in Delhi.
Secretary General of CAIT, Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that in view of the rising cases of corona in Delhi and the ratio of corona testing and the absence of beds in hospitals in that ratio, CAIT has done this survey in Delhi on the basis of which CAIT will attempt to have comprehensive discussions with Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Lt Governor of Delhi Mr. Anil Baijal and Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal with utmost seriousness on this matter. Our intent is to cooperate with the efforts of the Government to curb the Corona cases in Delhi-said Mr. Khandelwal. He further said that in the present conditions, there is a need for all sections and stakeholders including the government to come forward and make Delhi free from corona infection and its fear.
CAIT has put six questions in its survey asking if you agree that the corona cases in Delhi are growing fast, do you think that due to the markets being open, the corona transition will spread to the markets, Medical facilities are available in Delhi in proportion to the way corona cases are increasing in Delhi, are you worried about the rise of corona cases in the markets, should the markets be closed at the moment to protect Delhi’s traders and customers from corona and if not, what is your suggestion.
Mr. Khandelwal and Mr. Vipin Ahuja, President, Delhi State CAIT said that shops are definitely open in Delhi but business is only about 5-10 % percent. In wholesale markets, customers from outside Delhi are not coming, whereas in the retail markets, local customers are not coming at all, which is directly due to a large amount of fear from Corona and it is taking several days for getting testing done for Corona as also the problems in obtaining Beds in Hospitals. Considering this horrific situation, CAIT has sought the opinion of the trade organizations of Delhi. They said that a large number of opinions will be received by this evening, and then analyzing it, CAIT will hold a video conference with the leading traders of Delhi tomorrow and will take a final decision regarding the markets closure on the basis of consensus.