The enforcement of model code of conduct in the state may spoil the festival of lights for city shopkeepers.
Every year during Diwali festival, the electricity department used give ‘relief’ in electricity bills to shopkeepers for seven days.
But this year, the department has not announced any relaxation in power bills to the shopkeepers as yet.
Besides, the traders were allowed to put up advertisements and hoardings for seven days free of cost by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). But on this front too, there has been no announcement from the civic body.
Ajay Vijaywergia, general secretary, Sanjay Bazaar Traders’ Association, said, “Every year, we used to get relaxation in electricity bills and hoardings for seven days during the Diwali festival.
Authorities charged electricity consumption at domestic rate instead of commercial rate. Besides, the revenue department of JMC used to collect no fee for displaying advertisements and hoardings in the markets.”
Chandi Ki Taksaal Vyapar Mandal president Prakash Singh said, “Less than two weeks are left for Diwali festival but we are yet to get any intimation about relaxation in power bills due to enforcement of model code of conduct.”
Shopkeepers said that unless they are given concession in power bills, they won’t be going for much lighting and decoration this year as it would inflate their electricity bills considerably.
The shopkeepers of the Walled City have urged the civic body and power department to provide concessions this year too. Advertisers and organisers of events are also a worried lot this year.
The traders said that despite several reminders and appeals, the civic body has remained silent over the issue.
Shopkeepers said that unless they are given concession in power bills, they won’t be going for much lighting and decoration as it would inflate their electricity bills considerably
Advertisers and organisers of events are also a worried lot this year.