Traders protest against lack of sanitation at Regal Chowk

Scores of shopkeepers of Regal Chowk and Residency Road Thursday staged protest resenting lack of sanitation at Regal Chowk.

due to ongoing construction of drainage system in the area.

The shopkeepers assembled at Regal Chowk and staged protest. “We have taken up the matter with concerned authorities and urged them to remove mud and dust in front of our shops. But our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” they said.

Farhan Kitab, a local trader who was part of protest said that under construction project is executed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation and has been abandoned time and again.

He added that construction has resulted in choking of the existing surface drain. “The problem has been compounded as the work on the project goes on for few days and then stops for several weeks,” he said.

“Recently, the work on this project was restored. After working on it for few days, it was again abandoned,” he said.

Later, protestors dispersed off peacefully after concerned officials assured to redress their complaints.

SMC commissioner Khurshid Ahmad Sanaie said teams have been deputed to clear mud and dust from area. “We will complete drainage construction at Regal Chowk within 20 days,” he added.