Soura’s growing street market impeding traffic

NAZIR GILLO

SRINAGAR: The ever growing street market outside SKIMS hospital at Soura is impeding both the pedestrians as well as vehicular flow along this nerve stretch.
While locals say that these vendors make a swift comeback after the local civic agencies remove them, they demanded that this area should be devoid of any vendors as the road leads to one of the main hospitals in a Kashmir Valley.
“We have witnessed that after the Municipality acts against these vendors they again set up their stalls with a few days,” said one of the local Ghulam Rasool Bhat. The spot according to Bhat is always busy and many of the vehicles do stop near the hospital, but given the road has been encroached upon, there are frequent traffic jams and there is no place for the pedestrians to walk. However, Mohammad Shafi, the president of local vendor association told Kashmir Reader that it is these vehicles that create result in traffic jams.
“We have been operating here for years it is the increasing traffic from Ganderbal and Srinagar that is impedes pedestrian movement,” he said
Adding that they have asked the administration to rehabilitate them properly, but there has not been any effort. However locals allege that street vendors do get the support from police, who according to them are well paid by these vendors, charge police officials deny strongly.
When contacted the officials at police station Soura, who did not want to be named said that it is they who on the directions of municipality evict illegal hawkers regularly.