Dhubri, Sept. 29: Wholesale traders of Dhubri, dealing in grocery items and hardware goods, will move Dispur regarding their dwindling businesses because of frequent disturbances in Garo hills in Meghalaya and lower Assam.
Traders said the recent disturbances, coupled with frequents strikes and road blockades in Garo hills districts and South Salmara subdivision of Dhubri district, have hit the trade badly.
Sanjay Kumar More, a prominent wholesaler of grocery items, said though the trade and business has been dwindling since the BTAD violence last year, recent disturbances in Garo hills had largely affected trade.
“Moreover, recent strikes and blockades in lower Assam districts have further affected the business and as a result many businessmen are shifting their businesses to neighbouring states and Guwahati,” More said.
A source in the trading community said unable to bear the wrath of strikes and blockades and losses, nearly 100 businessmen shifted to Siliguri, Cooch Behar and Guwahati.
Dhubri business depends on the south bank of district for transportation through the river route, Garo hills districts and some areas like Basugaon and Gossaigaon, but of late all these areas recorded frequented strikes and road and rail blockades which affected the business to a great extent.
Suresh Harlalka, a prominent businessman of Dhubri, said the entire business community was deeply concerned over dwindling business in Dhubri.
“We have been discussing it and in order to tide over the situation, we will sit within a couple of days to decide to move the state government to end this situation and restore peace in the areas,” Harlalka said.