Airport Road shopkeepers stage protests against ultimatum


Srinagar, May 17: The dislocated shopkeepers of Airport Road Friday morning staged protests at Humhama against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation accusing the SMC of “trying to snatch their livelihood once again.”
 The traders said the SMC has given them 3-day ultimatum to get entrance if any towards the Airport Road closed. “Since the demolition of ours shops by the then government, we had been managing a little of business through makeshift outlets in the area. But now the SMC wants to snatch this as well,” the traders said.
 Voicing “We Want Justice Slogans”, the traders said the government was yet again “hell bent to snatch their livelihood.”
 “It’s better for the government to kill us and our families than yet again snatch our livelihood,” the traders said.
 They appealed the MLA Amira Kadal, Nasir Aslam Wani and senior Congress leader Prof Saif-Ud-Din Soz to look into the matter.
 “Our rehabilitation has been pending for the past over a decade. What will we do if these makeshifts shops are also closed?” the traders argued threatening to intensify the protests if their demands are not met.
 The protesters later dispersed peacefully following assurance from the police that the matter would be looked into.
 Sources said the police at once picked up the matter with the SMC as to “why their directives have triggered a law and order problem.” The police is understood to have told the SMC officials that the matter be solved in a peaceful manner so that no law and order situation takes place.
 Pertinently, in 2002, the then PDP-led government demolished hundreds of shops along the VIP road while despite reported assurance from the party leaders, the dislocated traders were never rehabilitated.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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