On HC directive, authorities create vending zones for street vendors

Acting on the directions of High Court, authorities have created vending zones for street vendors to decongest the summer capital and ensure smooth vehicular movement.
On HC directive, authorities create vending zones for street vendors
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Acting on the directions of High Court, authorities have created vending zones for street vendors to decongest the summer capital and ensure smooth vehicular movement. 

Officials informed that in pursuance of the High Court direction, the vendors have been removed from various footpaths and roadsides. "However state government in order to provide them interim relief has created vending zones so that they could conduct their activities for earning livelihood," they said. 

The authorities on Tuesday shifted the vendors in Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas to designated vending zone in Lal Chowk which has been carved out at the SRTC yard. The vending zone has been rechristened as Fashion Market. 

The authorities in Srinagar swung into action by removing makeshift stalls erected on footpaths, roadways in busy Lal Chowk to ensure smooth traffic flow in the city centre.  

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday had directed the state government to remove vendors from roads and allow passenger vehicles to stop at designated bus stops only "as a short-term measure to do away with traffic mess."

A division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice B S Walia, had directed IGP Kashmir, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Vice-Chairman SDA and SSP Traffic Srinagar to appear in person if they failed to implement the order.

Commissioner, SMC, Dr. Shafqat Khan said "SMC will provide designated vending zones to vendors who are shifted from road sides." 

"We know it is a matter of livelihood for these people and we will provide them facilities where they can earn their livelihood honorably," Khan said adding that for vendors at Lal Chowk vending zone has been created at SRTC yard opposite Tyndale Biscoe School which has rechristened as Fashion Market. 

"Similarly other places have been identified such as Khalsa market which under SDA will be developed as vending market. Similarly, we are looking at various places which can be developed as vending zones so that vendors can earn their livelihood with dignity," he said. 

Meanwhile, the vendors who have been relocated to these vending zones have urged upon the state government to provide them permanent spaces. 

"Earlier also we were shifted, but then authorities had change of mind and dislocated us from these places," said Shabir Ahmad, president, Vendors Association Lal Chowk.

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