Shops closed in protest in Kohima

Kohima: A day after the ‘no parking zone’ came to force in Kohima along the stretch from New NST to Khuochiezhie (local ground) North Gate via Razhu Point, traders along the stretch shut down shops in protest.

On Saturday, shutters were down along the stretch as traders expressed “unhappiness” over the state government’s plan to permanently move the parking area in the town. Earlier, in September, the traders also showed resentment by re-parking cars along the stretch despite government order.

“We did not disrupt any of the activities. We have not gone against the government. But as a sign of unhappiness with what is going on, we closed our shops. We didn’t force any shopkeeper to close their shop. Some shopkeepers cooperated while some did not,” a trader, on condition of anonymity, said.

As per the trader, they want the government to reconsider the new parking plans as sales has dropped because of it.

They have also appealed for the extension of the parking time till 8 am instead of the current 6 am. The traders said if the government fails to sit across the table with the stakeholders in the coming days, it will start parking cars at the ‘No parking zone’.

Following the removal of the car parking, the government had allotted alternate parking spaces at the City Centre site (Old MLA Hostel site) and Khuochiezie North Gallery area.

As for the shops along the stretch, the permitted time for loading and unloading of goods is from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.

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