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Traders down shutters to protest Kohima’s new traffic rules

business shut in Kohima

Will resort to forceful parking if ‘nothing comes up by Monday’

KOHIMA, OCTOBER 2: Expressing unhappiness at the Kohima District administration and Smart City Development authorities for enforcing no parking zone from New NST to Khuochiezhie (local ground) North Gate via Razhü Point, business establishments along the said stretch pulled down their shutters in protest on Saturday.

The decision was taken by the Traders Road Business Association (TRBA), Kohima, during an emergency meeting with business owners along the said route on October 1, while those along Razhü Point to Local Ground gate also joined in the decision to close down the businesses for the whole day, officials of TRBA, Kohima, said while interacting with media persons here.
On September 26, the Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of Kohima Regional Transport Authority Gregory Thejawelie had notified the stretch from New NST to Khuochiezhie (local ground) North Gate via Razhu Point in the State Capital as “no parking zone”, with effect from October 1.
He had also fixed 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., as the permitted timing for loading and unloading of goods and prohibited on-street parking from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The TRBA officials said that the business owners along the stretch want change but the authorities should have properly consulted the business owners instead of directly enforcing the ‘no parking zone’.
The stretch from new NST to Razhü point is not the only jurisdiction that is covered by Kohima Smart City, they said while maintaining that such activities completely affect the business of one area of the town.
They were of the view that such measures should not be introduced only in a single stretch of the capital town but other pockets covered by Kohima Municipality should also be included “for the benefit of all”.
The decision to close down the business for the day was voluntary as a sign of unhappiness against the Government’s decision, they said.
According to them, while bakeries and hoteliers have not suffered due to the no parking demarcation, the wholesalers and other major businesses along the stretch which used to have sale proceeds of Rs 60-70,000 per day have seen decrease in the business to below Rs 20,000 only on the first day of the imposition of no parking zone on October 1.
TRBA officials lamented that while the administration and authorities had enforced the new rules, they failed to conduct a survey on the impact of ‘no parking zone’ on the traders along the stretch.

Lamenting that the authorities have not been listening to their call to have a joint sitting for better understanding with the business owners, the TRBA Kohima officials, who are also members of the Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), said that they along with the Vice President of KCCI had called on the Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday last, and submitted a written representation for consideration.
The suggestions put forth by TRBA, Kohima, are: dropping and pick-up points at every 30 to 50 metres; designated and sufficient free parking zones for 2- wheelers; designated locations every 30 to 50 metres for unloading and loading of materials; no restriction for unloading of water tankers within the specified stretch; no restrictions during weekends, public holidays and non-office working days; no parking to be applied from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and not 6 a.m. to 8 p.m; security from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with no load-shedding during the period and provision for specific numbers of local taxi parking at 3 locations within the stretch and one additional stop for mini-bus at Old NST.
The TRBA, Kohima, officials said that the shutdown of business establishments in the said route was only for today and hoped for a positive response from the administration.
Expecting a joint meeting with the Deputy Commissioner and authorities of KMC, Smart City and Superintendent of Police, they said that if nothing comes up by Monday, they would resort to forceful parking of the vehicles along the route.
(Page News Service)