Srinagar: The deadlock between shopkeepers and authorities over demolition of structures for road widening at Qamarwari has ended, which has set rolling the process of road widening in the area.
Vice-president of Qamarwari Traders Association Omer Mukhtar said the disagreement on the compensation amount has been resolved. He, however, said that certain shopkeepers are yet to be rehabilitated.
“We now demand that the shopkeepers who are yet to get compensation should be provided with shops in lieu of shops, so that their business does not suffer,” he said.
Out of 78 affected shopkeepers, 36 demand shops in exchange of shops while 42 shopkeepers have received 50 percent of the compensation amount, Mukhtar said.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone told Kashmir Reader that the standard procedure of demolitions for road widening has begun. He said the disbursing of money for the rehabilitation of the affected people due to road widening has also started.
“We did a lot of counseling on the ground to convince people for road widening. Now people themselves are razing down their structures. We have arranged funds required for disbursement to the affected. Things are settled now,” Lone said.
District Collector Hamidullah Mir said that he has approached higher-ups for allotting shops in ERA shopping complex Rambagh to those who demand shops in lieu of shops.
“The 36 shopkeepers will be allotted shops soon in the complex,” he said.