City traders issues need to be addressed effectively: KTMF

SRINAGAR: Kashmir traders body Saturday held a marathon meet with its counterparts in old city assuring them of full support in redressing some of issues being faced by them.
President Kashmir Trader and Manufacturer Federation, Muhammad Yasin Khan said that revival of trade activity has to be reworked by involving both the business fraternity as government as this will go a long way to make traditional business hub attractive.
Khan said that city, apart from its heritage, always attracted visitors for its unique position in business with all the top business houses operating in the city with the best professional in every craft also setup in this area.
“On the trade front today it (old city) is weakest,” he said, blaming the authorities for most of the downfall.
Adding that with people shifted to Srinagar suburb it is now for the trading community to add charm as is witnessed in most other older cities in the world.
Khan urged the business community to put their efforts and work sincerely as this will certainly go a long way in uplifting the city.
He said that the federation will make every effort to mitigate some for the problems that are being faced by the business community and get them addressed.
Earlier, head of the Gousia Traders Federation Khanyar, Abdul Latief Sofi said that continuous ignorance by the authorities has eroded the old cities most of the vitals and development too has not helped as the pace either is slow or it has not being trader friendly.
He said that the road widening in Khanyar stretch has mostly affected the trader community and there has not been a sincere effort to help them.
“We are not against any development, but this cannot be at the cost of business community,” he said.
The traders also raised several issues like absence of parking lots, adequate transport, charging excessive sanitation fees by the civic authorities charged by the officials, and frequent harassment from the officials from Commercial taxes Department.