Lower Parel shops to shut down on Wednesday

350 shops to shut down at Dadasaheb Khamkar Mandai Vyapari market at Lower Parel.

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Around 350 shopkeepers outside the Professor Dadasaheb Khamkar Mandai Vyapari market at Lower Parel will shut their shops on Wednesday in protest of the market department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as they asked them to shift back to the Dadasaheb Khamkar market, failing which, they have threatened to shift them to Mahul, Kandivali, or other distant suburbs.

A shopkeeper said that they have been doing business there for the last 40 years, but now civic authorities are threatening to shift them to Mahul. Moreover, the BMC is not giving any notice that the market will be shifted for repair work of the Lower Parel bridge.

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The shopkeepers have been refusing to go back to the market and claimed that the Dadasaheb Khamkar market has no ventilation and is in a ramshackle state. Another shopkeeper said that they fear for their lives and therefore they have begun setting up shop outside the market. Instead of repairing this market, officials are threatening to relocate them.

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