Downtown traders decry frequent restrictions, power cuts

Call on DC

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 18 2018 11:59PM | Updated Date: Jan 18 2018 11:59PM
Downtown traders decry frequent restrictions, power cutsFile Photo

Traders and manufacturers from Downtown areas on Thursday held a meeting with deputy commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed, to discuss problems in Old city.  

The traders called on the DC under the banner of Shaher-e-Khaas Traders and Manufacturers Co-ordination committee. 

“During the meeting, we discussed various civic and trade-related,” said Nazir Ahmad Shah, chairman, Shaher-e-Khaas Traders and Manufacturers Co-ordination Committee. 

“We brought it to notice of the authorities that lack of public transport and especially evening transport causes huge inconvenience to common people. We have urged them to provide public transport till 9 pm. There are limited number of passenger vehicles such as Tata Sumo service from the Parimpora Bus Terminal to Downtown areas,” Shah said.

“We also apprised the authorities that immediate action must be taken to stop use of pepper gas and chilli guns in Downtown areas. Restrictions in areas under the jurisdiction of seven police stations cause road blocks during restrictions causing inconvenience to common people,” Shah said.  

Shah said the traders and manufacturers also highlighted the increasing dog menace in Downtown.  “It is almost impossible for elders and children to move out during mornings and evenings due to presence of dogs. We have also urged the higher ups to take immediate action against drug peddlers in Hawal and adjoining areas,” Shah said.  

Shah said pesky unscheduled power cuts and exorbitant electricity bills has been a common issue in Downtown. We told the officials that measures must to taken to ensure cleanliness of the traditional Downtown markets,” he said.   

“Frequent power cuts during business hours had lead to a drop in customer footfall. There is also a need for the civic authorities to provide dustbins to shops and households,” Shah said. He said authorities should decongest the Downtown markets by removing street vendors and relocating them to more suitable places.

The traders highlighted the need for more fire service stations in Downtown. They said authorities should introduce a special Friday market in the Downtown. “There is an immediate need to re-rehabilitate flood affected shopkeepers. All government departments need to restart their day-to-day functioning in Downtown,” Shah said.

Among those present in the meeting included president of the co-coordination committee Bashir Ahmad Kanoo, senior vice-president Irfan Ahmad Shah, general secretary Sheikh Hilal, secretary Waseem Ahmad Khan, a statement said. Members Ghulam Mohiuddin, Sajad Ahmad, Imran Makhdoomi and Zakir Naveed Ali were also present.

 

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