SRINAGAR: The traders operating at Solina in uptown city say that construction of flyover from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh has hit their business with trade in the market witnessing a decline of more than 80 percent.
Apart from this business slump the traders, now fear that the construction is life threatening as the use of heavy machinery by the construction company has put their life at risk.
Talking on the sidelines of a press conference called by the local traders association about the impact on their business and governments indifference to this issue, President of the local trade association Abdul Aziz Sagar told Kashmir Reader that at the start of the project we were assured that its construction would not hinder the trade activity in the market, but we have witnessed a drastic decline in our trade activity .
“We are running our business in chaos and very few customers are visible on shops, there is no space to move about on the road that is witnessing huge traffic flow” he said adding that risk to our and commuters life also runs high as operating the shops too close to this heavy machines is a threat to the life and surrounding structures.
The government presently is construction a flyover from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh, through funding from Asian Developmental Bank funding that 300 crores project through its executing agency the JK Economic Reconstruction Agency that has contracted the project to Delhi based construction company Simplex Infrastructure
Chief Spokesman of the Association, Bashir Ahmad Sufi told Kashmir Raeder that more than 200 traders are operating in the area where construction is presently going on and business has been hit.
“We are not against the construction of this flyover, but we want that it should not snatch the lively hood of the people” he told media persons during the press conference.
Criticizing the government for failing to take responsibility, the traders said that even after they made government officials, politician aware of their problems, there is no help in sight.
Sufi said that the traders even suggested temporary shifting till the construction phase was over, but it was trashed.
When asked about the fall in trade he said that it surely being reflected in decline of financial transactions with banks and an evident fall in tax returns to government is imminent.
The traders said that at the inception of this project the funding body the Asian Development Bank impressed upon the sate government to see that they minimize the impact of the project hitting the livelihood of the people and take appropriate measures to rehabilitate and compensate those who are being hit during the execution.
“The state government is fully aware of this, but they are not coming forward to mitigate the problems of the people including the traders,” said Sagar
The traders also apprehend a delay; beyond the approved time of three years for completion the of this flyover can dash their hopes of revival.
Sufi said that what is fairly typical with developmental project is our part is time they take to complete them, that is why we had suggested that we be relocated to some other place as we too do not know when the project will be completed.