More to be rehabilitated at Batamaloo, Soura
SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has embarked on a plan to earmark land for rehabilitation of street vendors who have been displaced from their traditional areas in order to decongest marketplaces and busy streets in capital Srinagar.
In the first phase of the plan, around five hundred vendors were given space at SRTC yard between two vital thoroughfares MA Road and Residency Road. The vendors from the city-centre Lal-Chowk, Jehangir Chowk and Dalgate were asked to resume their activities from the TRC yard earlier this week.
According to SMC officials, the land for the street vendors who have been encroaching near Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Hazuri Bagh and the other civil lines areas has been identified at Batamaloo in the south city. However, the final decision about the land allotment has not been taken. The order is likely to come by the May-end.
The land, as per the officials, would be enough to rehabilitate around 600-700 street vendors in the south city.
Similarly, in the third phase, the vendors located in the downtown and those in the north zone of Srinagar comprising more than 1000 vendors will be rehabilitated soon. The land is likely to be earmarked in Soura locality of the northern part of the capital city.
“At present, there is shortage of land that hampers the rehabilitation plan. But we have identified land in Batamaloo to adjust 700 more vendors in the coming days,” said Syed Nissar Hussain, Chief Enforcement Officer, SMC.
Over 2,390 vendors have registered with the Srinagar Municipal Corporation last year.
“Under the new government policy, it will be ensured that no vendor encroaches upon the streets in future failing which strict action would be taken against them. Besides, shopkeepers are also kept on vigil so that they do not put their goods on roads,” Nissar said.
Further, SMC has deployed two squads in four zones of Srinagar in order to check further encroachment by hawkers. “Demolition drives are conducted on daily basis,” Nissar said.
He said each group consists of 25 encroachment squad members. “One group looks after the south and east city while as the other group monitors the west and north city,” he said.
He said no unregistered vendors would be allowed to do their business on the roadside.