Dozens of privatelyowned stores closed in Ashgabat’s residential district of Khitrovka (photos)

Shops and offices which are not envisaged by the urban development plan of Ashgabat are still being closed down in the capital of Turkmenistan.

New rules apply not only to central streets of Ashgabat but to some remote districts.

One of such districts is the neighbourhood popularly referred to as Khitrovka. In the course of two weeks dozens of privatelyowned stores and shops rendering various consumer services were urged to curtail their operations and close down.

Entrepreneurs were forced not only to shut down the stores but fully wall out the premises used for trade and other services. Police officers and inspecting commissions from the khyakimlik's office (mayor's office) were warned that in case former shop owners sell merchandise from home, the entire house will be confiscated.

Correspondents of Chronicles of Turkmenistan report that the residents are desperate. About a year ago they were urged to remodel their sales outlets in line with the requirements which had been introduced: install entrance canopies, plastic windows and doors and were obliged to purchase display refrigerators. In the meantime, despite the fact that they met all the previous requirements, their businesses are closed down.

Needless to say, no compensations are envisaged.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan