After HSHS, Magarmal Bagh shopkeepers seek ADB intervention

Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover construction


Srinagar, Jan 27: Barely a few days after Jehangir Chowk traders accused the State Government of “breach of trust” over their rehabilitation for construction of proposed flyover between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh, the shopkeepers of Magarmal Bagh also joined the chorus.
 The shopkeepers of Magarmal Bagh whose shops would be demolished to pave way for construction of the flyover sought the intervention of main funding agency of the project the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to seek their proper rehabilitation.
 “Government is forcing us to shift to a building which is like a jail. The new building is not feasible for our business,” said Bashir Ahmad Shah president Traders Federation Exhibition Road Magarmal Bagh Crossing.
 He was flanked by general secretary Abdul Rouf and vice president Abdul Rashid Dar.
 The shopkeepers said by improper rehabilitation, government is putting them on the verge of starvation. They said the rehabilitation is not being done as per the guidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is funding the proposed project to be executed by Economic Reconstruction Company (ERA).
  “ERA and other authorities want to make us work from a building which is away from main marker and not viable for our trade,” they said.
 They traders appealed the ADB authorities to intervene into the matter at an earliest.
 When contacted Director ERA Khalid Muzaffar said shopkeepers would be relocated in the new building. “The affected shopkeepers demand to be rehabilitated near to their previous business locations. It is not possible because of space constraints in the area. Only few shopkeepers are resisting the plan,” Muzaffar said.
 Pertinently in December 2009, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced that Rs 300 crore flyover would constructed from Jehangir Chowk to Natipora. But till date, the work is yet to start. The civil society has been criticizing the government plan saying it won’t suffice the needs of general public. 

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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