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Tura admin urged to allow small shops to stay open beyond 9 pm

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TURA, Dec 25 - The Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) has requested the Tura administration to allow a few shops in a certain area to remain open beyond 9 pm to enable the poor owners earn some more.

The shops in question are the ones close to Polo Orchid in Najing Bazar here. Called the �Paikan� (in Goalpara district of Assam) of Tura, the area is famous as the last resort for shoppers and food enthusiasts as goods are available even beyond midnight.

The Tura Municipal Board (TMB) had ordered the shops near Najing Bazaar to shut down at 9 pm over fears of attracting anti-social elements. Opening of the shops beyond 9 pm was allegedly not liked by a senior official, after which the order was given.

Locals said that the shops have remained open for quite some time now with no reports of any untoward incident. They said that for an area affected by militancy, the administration should be encouraging the efforts of keeping the shops open.

According to the ADE, the shops belong to the poor who cannot compete with fancy hotels but provide a cheap alternative to visitors. �They make that up by opening their shops till late at night. People from many families are employed in these small hotels and shops. Asking them to shut their shops at 9 pm affects these people financially,� said ADE president Dalseng B Ch Momin.

The NGO rubbished the TMB�s claim that the shops invited anti-social elements and caused inconvenience to the public. �On the contrary, these shops are acting as a relief rather than creating inconvenience. People attending to patients in hospitals, who don�t have relatives in Tura as well as people coming from other places late at night find these cheap hotels very useful in the late hours,� Momin said, appealing to the administration to take necessary steps to redress the grievances of the poor vendors.

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Tura admin urged to allow small shops to stay open beyond 9 pm

TURA, Dec 25 - The Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) has requested the Tura administration to allow a few shops in a certain area to remain open beyond 9 pm to enable the poor owners earn some more.

The shops in question are the ones close to Polo Orchid in Najing Bazar here. Called the �Paikan� (in Goalpara district of Assam) of Tura, the area is famous as the last resort for shoppers and food enthusiasts as goods are available even beyond midnight.

The Tura Municipal Board (TMB) had ordered the shops near Najing Bazaar to shut down at 9 pm over fears of attracting anti-social elements. Opening of the shops beyond 9 pm was allegedly not liked by a senior official, after which the order was given.

Locals said that the shops have remained open for quite some time now with no reports of any untoward incident. They said that for an area affected by militancy, the administration should be encouraging the efforts of keeping the shops open.

According to the ADE, the shops belong to the poor who cannot compete with fancy hotels but provide a cheap alternative to visitors. �They make that up by opening their shops till late at night. People from many families are employed in these small hotels and shops. Asking them to shut their shops at 9 pm affects these people financially,� said ADE president Dalseng B Ch Momin.

The NGO rubbished the TMB�s claim that the shops invited anti-social elements and caused inconvenience to the public. �On the contrary, these shops are acting as a relief rather than creating inconvenience. People attending to patients in hospitals, who don�t have relatives in Tura as well as people coming from other places late at night find these cheap hotels very useful in the late hours,� Momin said, appealing to the administration to take necessary steps to redress the grievances of the poor vendors.