Govt to earmark commercial spaces in residential colonies

‘Move aimed to promote trade, check unabated violations of Master Plan’

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 23 2018 12:12AM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2018 12:12AM
Govt to earmark commercial spaces in residential colonies

Jammu and Kashmir is planning to earmark commercial spaces in different residential areas of summer capital of Srinagar to check unabated constructions of commercial complexes across the city.

The state industries and commerce department has put forth the suggestion in newly approved state’s trade policy which is meant to increase volume of business in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Based on pure objective criteria, the government/concerned Municipal Corporations/Urban Local Bodies shall examine for liberalized conversion of identified residential pockets into the commercial zones so as to arrest haphazard and clandestine conversion of individual residential houses into business premises,” reads the trade policy.

Over the years failure of enforcement agencies and lack of planning has resulted in mushrooming of commercial structures in residential areas which has become a nuisance.

The problem has got aggravated owing to state government’s failure to implement recommendations of Master plans.

The policy document lays stress on keeping adequate provisions for commercial activities in housing colonies. “Adequate provisions for commercial activities including kiosks and central markets shall be kept in the new housing colonies to be developed by the organizations like JDA, SDA and the J&K Housing Board, depending upon size and location of the colony. Similar practice shall be adopted by the private developers of housing colonies,” it reads, adding surveys shall be undertaken by government through professional consultants for development of future markets. 

It has proposed adoption of cluster approach for development of specialized markets and encouraging retail trade organizations to formulate SPVs for development of new markets.

According to the policy, the government shall facilitate creation of adequate facilities and civic amenities like paving of parking areas, provision of raised platforms for loading/unloading and conducting auctions, drainage for rain water, toilets, clean paths for movement of buyers and sellers and street lighting in the areas where markets have come up or have been created/developed by government agencies.

Further the policy lays emphasis on development of e-commerce platform for promotion of business activities. 

“Various government corporations like handicrafts and handloom, agro industries and horticulture (Produce and Marketing) shall develop e-commerce platforms for trading products from respective sectors to increase outreach of local products worldwide at lower costs. The e-marketing shall also eliminate mediators and improve linkages between farmers, food processors, small time artisans/manufacturers and retailers,” reads the policy.

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