Shop Owners against Staggered Holidays

28 March 2011: All the shops and commercial complexes were opposing the idea of staggered holidays, as they stated that customers coming from distant places will come for one day and will find it difficult to shop if the shops were closed. Majority of members of the Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), agreed with the same, and they forwarded the request to the government demanding to stop the implementation of staggered holiday system.

According to the staggered holiday system, the shops and other commercial establishments in the twin cities are to be closed on one particular day in the week depending on the area in which they are located. As per this system, the areas and their holidays are as follows:

Monday: Secunderabad, Minister road, M.G road, S.D road, S.P road, West Marredpally, Bowenpally, Begumpet and surrounding areas.

Tuesday: Koti, Erramanzil, Punjagutta, Abids, Nampally, Lakdikapul, Khairthabad, Sanathnagar, Somajiguda, Ameerpet, Greenlands, Banjarahills and Jubilee hills.

Wednesday: Surrounding areas of Osmania university, lalapet, Baghamberpet, Tarnaka, Nallakunta, Sitaphalmandi, Tilaknagar, Lower tankbund, Padmaraonagar, Musheerabad, Vidyanagar and Ramnagar.

Thursday: New Nallakunta, Chikkadpally, Baghlingampally, Himayathnagar, Adarsh nagar, Narayanguda, Saifabad, Hyderguda, Kingkoti, Barkathpura, Basheerbagh and surrounding areas.

Friday: Surrounding areas of Kacheguda, Chaderghat upto Dilsukhnagar, Saidabad, Santoshnagar, Chandrayangutta, Esamia Bazar, Barkas, Badi Chowdi, Sultan Bazar, Afzalgunj, Puranapul, Gowliguda, Pathargatti, Charminar, Falaknuma, Begum Bazar, those from Abids Junction towards Mojamjahi Market, Vijayanagar Colony, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Shaikpet, Gudimalkapur, Langer Houz, Mallepally, Karwan, Chatrinaka and Shalibanda.

Some of the members of various trade associations also viewed that it would be better if the shops remained open for 365 days and the staff may be given weekly offs on rotation basis.

Source: Times of India