A day after district administration in Sopore earmarked a separate space for street vendors and hawkers in the town areas for streamlining vehicular traffic, the residents of Baramulla town demanded a similar move in their town areas congested by street vendors and hawkers.
"We have shifted about 350 street vendors to old bus stand and Shalpora. The traffic in main parts of the town has been streamlined and pedestrians can walk freely now," said Ashiq Hussain, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore.
The residents and trader community in Baramulla town demanded a comprehensive plan for the permanent settlement of street vendors and hawkers who have occupied the already chocked roads and town streets. "From Mohalla Jadeed to main chowk and Tehsil road, most of the town areas are occupied by vendor which is affecting vehicular movement here. The town shopkeepers are also affected due to the presence of vendors all along the road," said Mushtaq Ahmad, a local shopkeeper.
The residents said due to occupation of streets and sidewalks by the vendors and hawkers, there remains chances of accident. They said at times they feel concerned about the safety of their children on the roads because of the occupation of sidewalks by the hawkers.
As per local residents, the administration in Baramulla town had earlier decided to settle the vendors close to the matador stand but they failed to motivate the vendors to shift. "We have been asking for the permanent settlement of street vendors at a particular place for more than a decade now but the district administration is not keen to solve this issue," said Ghulam Qadir, a shopkeeper in Baramulla town.