SDA duped us, say Sangarmal traders

SRINAGAR: The Sangarmal traders’ welfare association on Saturday accused Srinagar Development Authority for not keeping to the word while appealing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief minister Nirmal Singh to intervene into the issue.
“In 2012, the SDA while selling the shops, had asked us to pay 50 percent of the total cost, and the remaining amount in next four years, but now they have backtracked,” Sangarmal traders’ welfare association president Sheikh Manzoor said, adding, “They are now asking us to pay the remaining payment with 25 percent interest.”
Accusing SDA of threatening traders, Manzoor said, “We are respectful people. They (SDA) are threatening us that they will publish our names in the newspaper as defaulters but we are not,”
The President along with other traders also attacked SDA for duping as lack of ‘promised’ facilities has led to the shopping mall failure.
He said: “Who will come to the mall, when there are no activities that attract people, we were promised state of the art facilities like multiplex, amusement park, five star hotel, convocation hall and other facilities. It was due to those promises that we went ahead in buying the shops, but none of the promises were fulfilled, lack of basic luxuries in the mall has lead to its failure.” Echoing similar views, a shopkeeper at the Craft Bazaar inside Sangarmal, said, “Only three out of 38 shops here are functional. And the annual sales never cross Rs 50,000 as the number of visitors hardly crosses 100 per year. “
“Making both the ends meet is a herculean task for the mall traders due to very low sales. For the basic amenities of life we are dependent on our kith and kins,” he added.
The shopkeepers while appealing for the early redressal of their grievances said, “We are not making profit but huge loss and for which authorities are responsible.”