Jammu, Mar 09: The Jammu Bandh call given by Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) received a mixed response as the markets in old Jammu City areas mostly remained closed, while the markets in other areas of the city were partially opened on Saturday.
The transport, however, plied normally on Jammu roads. There was heavy deployment of Police personnel all across Jammu with special focus on major areas to avoid any untoward incident.
The Jammu bandh call, given by the CCI against the imposition of property tax, was also supported by the National Conference (NC), PDP, National Panthers Party and Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS).
The call was not supported by the Transporters’ Association. The CCI had given the bandh call on March 09 against the imposition of property tax in J&K.
The Transporters’ Association immediately announced that it will not support the Jammu bandh call.
The major and ever busy markets of old Jammu city like Raghunath Bazar, Kanak Mandi, Link Road, Super Bazar, Residency Road, Shalamar etc were mostly closed except the medicines and essential commodities shops till late afternoon.
The response to bandh in other areas of the Jammu i.e outer areas of the city like Gandhi Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Jewel Chowk Canal Road, Bakshi Nagar, WareHouse, Narwal, Muthi, Janipur etc was mixed. Some shops in the markets of these areas were open, while some were closed.
Most of the shops and markets in these areas started to open in the evening. Meanwhile, Yuva Rajput Sabha also held a protest demonstration demanding roll back of the decision of imposing property tax.
President, CCI, Arun Gupta said, “The J&K Government is least bothered about the sentiments of the general public and not even the stakeholders were taken into confidence before taking the decision to impose property tax and therefore, we demand that property tax should not be imposed”.