Traders cry illegal constructions at SDA shopping complex

Greater Kashmir

With the SDA having allegedly been inactive, the Jhelum Complex Trader’s Association Doodh Ganga Shopping Complex, have knocked the door of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir RohitKansal.

With no let up in Master Plan violations in the City, traders from Srinagar Development Authority-owned shopping complex Wednesday said illegal constructions have come up overnight at their designated parking lot.

With the SDA having allegedly been inactive, the Jhelum Complex Trader’s Association Doodh Ganga Shopping Complex, have knocked the door of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir RohitKansal.

“SDA allowed parking place in front of our shops situated at Doodh Ganga shopping complex Sector 7, Batamaloo, Srinagar, but unfortunately on February 3, 2015 night  illegal constructions were made by footpath vendors,” the federation president QaziImtiaz Ahmed said he told the Divisional Commissioner.

“In this connection I informed the SDA regarding the same and we also further request your good-self to kindly look into  the matter and take necessary action against the said illegal construction, because  if the said place is allotted for parking purpose, why the said illegal construction was allowed during night,” reads a copy of the memorandum sent to Kansal.

“It is requested to your good-self to kindly issue orders to the concerned for immediate action against  the culprit who have made illegal  constructions in the said place / parking place as soon as possible and oblige,” it added.

Kansal is understood have directed the Vice-Chairperson SDA SaleemSheeshgar to “look into the matter on top priority.”

Over the years the SDA is often accused of allowing grab of its  assets while the concerned Land Management and other wings look defunct.

In the past few months, post floods there have been multiple reports of the SDA land being grabbed.

Apart from the SDA, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, the BadamiBagh Cantonment Board and the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority are frequently accused of allowing illegal constructions.

Reports suggest that some 300 illegal constructions mostly commercial have been coming up in the City but the concerned enforcement squads have been “silent in lieu for millions as kickbacks”.

Despite repeated attempts SDA VC could not be contacted for comments.