Vendors assault SMC officials during anti-encroachment drive

Vendors assault SMC officials during anti-encroachment drive
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Srinagar: Senior officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation were assaulted by street vendors during encroachment drive in Srinagar, a spokesperson said.
Spokesperson said that street vendors assaulted some senior most officers of the SMC during the drive that was launched in various areas including Mahraja Bazaar, Batamaloo , Hari Singh High Street and other areas.
It was an extensive drive that SMC launched in compliance to the orders of Hon’ble High Court in PIL No: 458/2003 titled Kashmir Consumer Welfare Forum and another V/S Commissioner Transport Department & others, spokesperson said.
“All the senior officials of Corporation, Municipal Union Employees, Municipal Workers Union, including the enforcement wing headed by Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmed wani was part of anti-encroachment drive in these areas to create awareness through public addressing system on anti-encroachment drives,” spokesperson added.
The spokesperson said that Commissioner SMC personally interacted with the street vendors regarding the inconvenience caused to public due to occupation of road side and public spaces which has also become main cause of traffic jams and accidents in the city.
“However some miscreants at Hari Singh High Street showed resentment and started assaulting senior officers of the corporation due to which the drive had to be called off,” spokesperson said.