A group of businessmen and shop owners from Tower Road, Surat’s oldest and biggest market, staged a dharna outside Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) headquarter on Wednesday, 9th June 2021, protesting against Surat Metro Rail project. They claimed that due to ongoing work, their business will remain affected for over four years and after Covid-19 they are not in position to endure more financial losses. “They are creating barricades due to which we will have to close our shops,” said Pragnesh Chhatriwala, a shop owner.
Businessmen claimed that around 1,000 shops will be affected due to this work. “Not only the shops, but their employees, nearly 5,000 families, will also face financial crisis if the businesses remain closed for four years,” said Dharmesh Bodhanwala, another shop owner. The businessmen met mayor Hemali Boghawala and chairman of SMC’s standing committee Paresh Patel with their demands. Boghawala and Patel assured them to find a solution to their demands.