Shaher-e-Khaas traders for development of Old City

A panoramic view of old city from Makhdoom Sahib Shrine in Downtown's Rainawari.
A panoramic view of old city from Makhdoom Sahib Shrine in Downtown's Rainawari. File/ GK

Srinagar: Shaher-e-Khaas Traders and Chambers held an important meeting at its Head Office Khanyar under the chairmanship of acting president Nisar Ahmad Lalpuri. The meeting was attended by office bearers and committee. The members thanked the Lieutenant Governor and his administration for positively considering its suggestion for the development of Shaher-e-Khaas.

“Our organisation has been discussing the development of Shaher-e-Khaas at various levels several times and brought the attention of the administration towards cultural , historical, commercial and heritage importance of the Maharaj Gunj, Zaina Kadal, Bohri  Kadal, Nallah Mar and adjoining markets and areas dating back to more than 100 years. Moreover, this area has not only been a premier business hub but a commercial centre of international trade attracting traders from Central Asia and Tibet,” chief spokesperson of the organisation Arshid Naqash said in a statement. “The development of Shaher-e-Khaas should involve Tourism & Culture and associated Departments as well while cramming the policy and plans for its Development,” it said.

“Importantly, the representatives of our organisation should be associated in planning and implementation process. We also request for revival of Rainawari Gondola project , beautification of river Jhelum banks and landscaping wherever possible. The traffic management is of urgent necessity in the City.  We thank DC Srinagar Asad Ajaz and CEO Smart City .Athar Aamir, Director Tourism Haseeb sahab & Director Handicrafts Mehmood Shah Saheb for their keen interest in development of Shaher-e-Khaas and restoring its past glory.

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