This came even as the restive traders on Lamington Road in south Mumbai confront the ultimate irony: Work-from-home booms once again with the state’s lockdown-style curbs, but their electronics and computer hardware shops are shut.
“This should be our time to sell laptops, routers and computer parts. But the gains will now go to e-commerce platforms,” said Ravi Bohra of Li bra Infotech. “They offer cheaper deals and the laptop comes home,” he added.
On the first day of the ‘mini-lockdown’, scores of traders came to open their shops, unaware the rules had kicked in.
With the police shutting them down, they stuck notices with their contact numbers outside their shops for potential customers.
Old-time companions whose shops share the same lane, stood huddled in silent fury.
Lamington Road close to the iconic Opera House has over 1,200 shops dealing with computer peripherals, electronic goods, sound, television equipment and even medical equipment hardware. The Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) on Tuesday gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the Uddhav Thackeray government to withdraw the order by 6pm on April 8.
MACCIA president Santosh Mandlecha gave the ultimatum during an online meeting of representatives of different trade associations from Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Gondia, Amravati and Mumbai. “If the government fails to withdraw its order, traders across the state will go ahead and open their shops,” Mandlecha told TOI. He appealed to the state government to come out with a more logical order.