Affected traders seek immediate rehabilitation
Baramulla, Apr 18: The traders’, whose shops were gutted in a devastating blaze here, last week, have urged the State Government to expedite their rehabilitation process.
“We have lost property and goods worth crores and are under huge debts. If the Government will not come forward with immediate rehabilitation measures, our families will starve,” said Junaid Jeelani whose cosmetics shop was gutted in the blaze at Jadeed Road Auqaf Market near Masjid Bait-ul-Mukaram.
According to the Beopar Mandal Baramulla, the incident has inflicted heavy loss to the shopkeepers. “The rehabilitation of these shopkeepers should be made immediately so that they can restart their business,” Beopar Mandal said.
“The estimated loss to the shopkeepers is around 40 crores. If Government will not come forward for their rehabilitation, then around 300 family members will be pushed towards disaster,” Mandal general secretary, Bashir Ahmad Kanroo told Greater Kashmir.
“The affected businessmen should be immediately provided construction material so that they can construct their shops without any delay. They should be also exempted from the different taxes and loan interests should be waived off,” Bashir Ahmad said.
The blaze destroyed around 69 shops including some go downs, and nine houses.
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