SUNDAY MARKET LEAVES CITY CENTRE CHOCKED
Aam Aadmi suffers; Admin sleeps
Srinagar, Nov 25: The Sunday Market, which till a few years back used to remain confined in the Poloview area for now stretches upto Amira Kadal leaving the entire City centre including Lal Chowk in a mess thereby affecting vehicular traffic on the weekends.
The market, which has been popular for years, as per the observers, used to remain more centred in the Poloview stretch, which still houses some wide footpaths where the vendors would showcase commodities on makeshift stalls.
But over the years, the police, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and other arms of the administration have been seemingly lenient towards this weekly footpath vending.
This is despite the fact that the roadside stalls badly affect the traffic movement in the already congested City centre stretch between Residency Road and Amira Kadal.
The Traffic Police has been pleading inability to manage traffic flow on Sundays but in the same breath adds that it was not the duty of men-in-blue to get rid of the roadside stalls.
“This is something which the district administration has to look into in consultation with the executive police force,” said a lower rung Traffic police official, requesting not to be named.
Given the fact that the market provides earnings to scores of unemployed youth, people had been supporting the holding of weekly market where mostly foreign second hand garments and other similar items are sold. But the way it hinders traffic movement near Lal Chowk is a cause of concern.
Pertinently, even though two years back the District Development Commissioner Meraj Ahmed Kakroo had got a drive started to check such obstructions in public movement, the move met its end within days. Since then the problem of traffic mess on Sundays has been mounting in the City centre.
Observers say that the congested City centre stretch between Residency Road and Lal Chowk should be spared from the street vending on Sundays.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Nov 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:00:00 IST
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