SRINAGAR: Hundreds of traders in Batamaloo area have urged upon the authorities to revoke the decision of shifting the General Bus stand from the area in the interest of thousands of commuters and people associated with trading activity in the area.
All Traders Joint Coordination Committee, a forum set-up by the Batamaloo traders that a large number of traders have established their business around this bus stand and shifting it to other place would bring the trading activity to a grinding halt.
President of the Association Muhammad Ashraf Mattu said that the decision of shifting of this facility is ill-conceived that would add to woes of the general public on account of commuting and adversely hit the trade activity in whole of the city.
He said that 10,000 traders are directly linked with Batamaloo markets and its surroundings. “Traders in other city centers also depend on the Batamaloo bus stand to keep their trade running,” he said.
The traders said that they have already apprised the government about the consequences of shifting the bus stand from this area and similar moves in the past have failed miserably.
Farooq Ahmad, General Secretary of the committee said that the move to shift the stand would also end wholesale business in the area and only add to unemployment.
Farooq said that businesses operational in this area provide ample employment opportunities to people and if the public footfall reduced considerably due to bus stand shifting, the employment opportunities would also shrink.
“The Government should not end means of livelihood by shifting the facility out from the city,” he said adding the Chief Minister herself should assess the joblessness this move will create.”
Last week, Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the government to seal Batamaloo Bus Stand and clear its outside space of scrap dealers and condemned vehicles. The directions came after RTO Kashmir, who was present, told the court that as of now notified Bus Stand under Motor Vehicles Act was at Parimpora and not Batamaloo.
“If the Bus stand is still operational at Batamaloo, it is illegal,” the court had observed.