‘The proposal was under consideration during Mufti Sayeed’s tenure, implement it as land is available now’
SRINAGAR: All Traders Joint Coordination Committee on Tuesday suggested that government should construct a road through Tattu Ground to connect Batamaloo bus stand with Bemina so as to do away the traffic mess necessitating the shifting of General Bus Stand to Parimpora.
Traders who have been on strike for a month, protesting the move, sat on a day-long hunger strike in Pratap Park here on Tuesday. The committee general secretary, Farooq Ahmad, said that their suggestion regarding the road was also under consideration during former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s tenure.
“Tattu Ground has been handed over to government by forces, the government should utilize some of its land to construct a road that connects Batamaloo bus stand with Bemina,” said Farooq. “Government’s argument is about traffic jams. A road through Tattu Ground will remove the traffic mess,” he said.
He said that the idea “proposed by former Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed” might have been implemented if the government forces had vacated the Tattu Ground. “Now they (authorities) should have no hesitation to construct 50ft road through the land,” the general secretary said.
Traders and transporters are on strike since September 6 when Srinagar Development Authority accompanied by state police seized the land in Batamaloo by digging its entry and exit points.
The government has so far stood firm on their decision to relocate the general bus stand, while the Jammu and Kashmir High Court too has ordered the relocation to effective deal with congestion. The standoff continues as scores of traders, transporters and vendors on Tuesday gathered inside Pratap Park to register their protest.
Protesters raised slogans for justice. “Don’t snatch our livelihood that depends on the bus stand,” shouted the protesters.
The traders said that relocation was a “grave injustice” committed against them. “We have been on a strike for a month, but it seems authorities are ignoring our genuine demands purposely,” one of the protesting traders said. “It’s a shame for our MLA that he has not made a single visit to talk to us. We had shown faith in him by electing him as our representative but he did nothing for us.”
The protesting traders say that they are going to put out figures about losses suffered in the nest two days.