SRINAGAR: Traders and shopkeepers from affected localities of the summer capital on Thursday expressed discontent over the slow progress of their demand for rehabilitation in wake of the traffic diversion plan.
The traders at Solina, Haft Chinar, and Iqbal Market localities of uptown Srinagar areas had earlier protested against the government’s move to diverge traffic due to construction of Jehangir Chowk -Rambagh flyover.
Following their protests, the divisional commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon, assured the traders that their losses would be adequately compensated as per the norms.
A repetitive delegation of Haft Chinar and Iqbal Market traders held a meeting with deputy commissioner (DC) Srinagar and demanded the compensation.
President of Haft Chinar Traders Association, Javaid Iqbal Buja, said the district administration has not assured compensation to the Haft Chinar and Iqbal Market traders.
“We met the DC and he has asked ERA to compensate the traders, but we don’t have any assurance in writing,” Buja said.
Secretary Solina Traders Association, Mohammad Shaban, said there has been no word from ERA despite a pre-rehabilitation survey conducted by this agency a few days back.
“About 350 shopkeepers at Soilna are badly hit by the diversion. Even as compensation forms were distributed among them, ERA team has not visited the area,” Shaban said.
He said the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is the financing agency for the flyover, had objected to the compensation to Solina traders, but ERA has convinced ADB to provide monthly compensation to the traders.
Chief spokesman Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Siraj Ahmad, said the diversion has hit the business, and traders have not been consulted with regard to this move.
“The plan has been devised by traffic department in consultation with divisional commissioner, but traders were not taken on board. Though the diversion is on still on trial, it should be able to put forth how traffic jams could be prevented and dangers averted,” Ahmad said.
Siraj said traffic was being diverted to appease authorities since the civil secretariat is shifting back to Srinagar.