Malls in UP to open but shops to remain shut; Here’s why

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LUCKNOW | JUNE 11, 2020:

Confusion looms over the announcement made by the traders' body in Uttar Pradesh with regards to the opening of the shopping malls in Lucknow.

According to a report by a news agency ANI, it stated that the traders' body in UP has decided to allow the opening of malls but on one condition – the shops within the mall were to remain closed.

The decision came after a meeting held recently by the Adrash Vyapar Mandal in Lucknow to discuss rules for reopening of businesses post lockdown. The Traders' body demanded a respite from monthly rent to help the shops cope all the losses it incurred during the lockdown period.

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The president of AVM had listed all the demands and stated that the rent of shops be excluded and also the common area maintenance fee during the lockdown. The body also sought a subsidy on rent and maintenance for the upcoming twelve months.

ANI report said that the authorities had failed to meet the demands and for that reason, the traders had decided to keep the shops shut despite the reopening of the mall.

The news report went viral on social media, attracting hilarious comments from netizens.