Ten shops were gutted during a midnight blaze at Maharaja Bazar here.
Former finance minister Altaf Bukhari demanded compensation for the victims. “Many localities especially in Amirakadal constituency are not only congested but due to narrow lanes and by-lanes the fire department at times faces immense difficulties in controlling the fire incident,” said Bukhari, in a statement.
He urged the district administration Srinagar to ensure distribution of an interim compensation to the victims before a final assessment of their damages is conducted by the revenue officials.
He also urged the municipal authorities to facilitate immediate issuance of permissions for reconstruction of the shops so that the fire hit families are able to resume their day-to-day business.
Meanwhile, National Conference provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani expressing grief over the incident.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the incident of conflagration that took place at Maharaj Bazaar in Amira Kadal. I express my heartfelt sympathies to those who have suffered losses,” he said. He demanded adequate compensation and dignified rehabilitation of the shopkeepers. “I urge the divisional administration to assess the damages to the traders in order to ensure the early rehabilitation of affected traders. In this hour of grief, I am in complete unison with those who have suffered material losses. Furthermore I also urge the incumbent governor administration to do a safety audit of main market places of the city in order to ensure that such incidents don’t occur in the future,” Wani added.