SRINAGAR: The traders operating at Solina in uptown city on Monday held a massive protest demonstration and shutdown against the government’s indifference towards rehabilitating them as their business is “being affected by the construction of Jahangir Chowk Rambagh flyover.”
The traders who were later joined by the members from Kashmir Trader Federation (KTF)., said that claimed that there has been a slump in trade activity in the area with more than 200 shopkeepers being affected by construction.
President of the local traders association, Abdul Aziz Sagar said that there has been a drastic decline in buisness activity over the few months and the government has no policy to ensure their lively hood is sustained.
“We asked for temporary rehabilitation or compensation for the losses we are suffering, but the government is unmoved,” he said.
The state government is presently constructing a flyover from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh, through funding from Asian Developmental Bank at a cost of 300 crore.
President Kashmir Traders Federation and Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance Muhammad Yasin Khan, who was also part of protests, told Kashmir Reader that the ongoing project has eaten the livelihood of many families and many of them are facing huge financial stress as their earnings have dwindled significantly.
“The construction of this flyover should not snatch the lively hood of the people” he said, adding that the government has failed to take responsibility and it is high time that they lend a helping hand to these traders.
Later, during the day a delegation of Solina Traders along with KTF representatives including, Sagar and Khan met the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shalindra Kumar and DCC Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah and discussed in detail the problems of the traders.
The delegation according to traders was assured that their grievances would be looked into.