‘Either shopkeepers or pavement vendors be allowed business’
HSHS traders give ultimatum, seek govt intervention
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Nov 8: Fed up of what they said presence of pavement vendors in the congested Hari Singh High Street(HSHS), the marketplace shopkeepers Thursday gave ultimatum to police and Srinagar Municipal Corporation(SMC) officials to either allow them do business “without obstruction” or they would go on indefinite strike.
The shopkeepers of this congested market said the ongoing narrowing of footpaths has left little space for pedestrians to walk than to talk of hosting footpath vendors in the City centre area.
“The footpath is already congested and now these footpath vendors have literally encroached upon our shops,” said a delegation of shopkeepers.
They said the “prevalent presence of footpath vendors was triggering feuds.” “Just a few days back the General Secretary of HSHS Traders Association Fayaz Ahmed Shah was attacked by street vendors when he resisted their presence. We had decided to go for strike but police gave us assurance that pavement vending would not be allowed,” the traders said adding nothing fruitful has been done till now.
A shopkeeper pleading anonymity said some mainstream politicians were patronizing the footpath encroachments. His allegations hold weight because a few months back, a senior official posted in the City had reportedly pitched similar views at a high level meeting.
Meanwhile the traders have appealed the City police chief Syed Ashiq Husain Bukhari and Srinagar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Dr GN Qasba to personally look into the matter and get “rid of footpath vendors from the congested area”.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST
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