October 28, 2020

Merchants get relief from HC; Mangaluru city corporation allows business at central market | Mangaluru News

MANGALURU: Following a high Court order, the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has decided to open Central Market in the city, which was closed in the wake of Covid19 pandemic from April.
Merchants, who were asked to shift business to APMC yard in Baikampady, had filed a writ petition in the High Court. After court delivering a verdict in favour of merchants, the city corporation has asked merchants, who have trade licenses, to open their shops at the Central Market.
“The High Court in a writ petition has directed that business activities as per law should be allowed at the Central Market. Accordingly, we have already communicated to all merchants that those who have trade license, may meet the commissioner to reopen their shops at the Central Market. After verifying the documents, merchants will be allowed to continue business activities on certain conditions,” mayor Diwakar said.
He added that only genuine license holders will be allowed to continue business at the Central Market. “Those who hold trade license in other’s name will not be allowed to continue. We are collecting information on all traders, who have valid trade license in their own names. At present only 30 out of 264 retail merchants have trade license in their own names. Hence, only those original license holders will be allowed to continue activities. Meanwhile, all the 45 wholesale merchants have valid license and they have been given permission to open shops,” Diwakar said.

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