Textile markets remain shut for 13th day
Surat: Even after 13 days of GST rolled out, the textile markets were seen remained close to mark the protest against the GST. Most textile markets on Ring Road, Salabatpura and Sahara Darwaja in the city remained shut.
The Police personnel had been deployed at most of the textile markets on Ring Road to allow traders to open their shops. But, the presence of mobs outside the markets prevented the traders from taking the risk.
Textile GST Sangarsh Samiti (TGSS) leaders seem to have gone underground as the agitation has been literally hijacked by vested interests. The textile markets are almost shut since July 1. The traders have estimated losses to the tune of over Rs2,000 crore.
Former president of Federation of Surat Textile Traders’ Association (FOSTTA), Devkishan Manghani said, “The GST agitation in textile markets has taken a different track. The crowds we are seeing in the markets are not traders. All the traders are sitting at their homes and waiting for markets to open. We are trying to figure out who these people are. The central government should take some positive step to end the strike.”