SRINAGAR: The shopkeepers in Qamarwari area on Tuesday resented the demolition drive by authorities in the area saying they have not been compensated for their ‘business loss’.
As part of its road widening plan, district administration started demolishing the shops and residential houses at Qamarwari. Though, the owners of houses and shops have received 50 percent amount for the property demolition, the shopkeepers allege they have not been paid a single penny for their ‘business loss’.
“It was agreed by the authorities and traders in a meeting last year that Rs 10 lakh will be given to shopkeepers for business loss out of which 25 percent will be paid to owners. But hitherto, we have not been paid a single penny,” said president of Qamarwari Traders Association, Umar Mukhtar.
However, only six out of 36 Qamarwari shopkeepers have agreed for a ‘shop in exchange’ at the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Complex, Rambagh, as compensation, he said.
Umar said they initially rejected the “peanuts” offered to them, but “at last, every beneficiary agreed at Rs 10 lakh, which no one received.”
Now, shop and house owners including Firdous Ahmad Khuroo, Mohammad Lateef Khuroo, Nazir Ahmad Dar and Ghulam Nabi Dar demand immediate payment of their 50 percent (for property demolition) and 25 percent share from that given to shopkeepers.
“Administration must immediately pay us the remaining 50 percent and 25 percent compensation including the 25 percent share to be paid to shopkeepers,” they said.
There are six residential houses in a way of road widening, government has provided an exchange land in Parimpora, but not approved yet, he said.
Despite repeated attempts Deputy Commissioner Srinagar could not be contacted.