Vendors occupy footpaths in Sgr, authorities in slumber

Vendors occupy footpaths in Sgr, authorities in slumber
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Rayees Magray

Srinagar: Amid tall claims of Srinagar Municipal Cooperation (SMC) of taking action against encroachers, the vendors can be seen everywhere in the city hampering the movement of traffic and pedestrians.
The places where the occupation of roads and footpaths are hindering the public movement include Batamallo, Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Maharaja Bazar, Gonikhan, Kokar Bazaar and Qamarwari Chowk.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Chief Enforcement Officer, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) M. Akbar Sufi said that “Our enforcement team removes these vendors but as soon as the party leaves, the vendors re-occupy the footpaths. We are working on their rehabilitation. We have made Lal Chowk almost vendor-free zone and are looking for few more locations where we can rehabilitee these vendors,” he said.
He also said that vendors attacked them recently and tore uniform of six of their men.
“We have an enforcement team to remove these vendors from roadsides, soon you will see roadsides free from vendors”, he added.
Muhammad Shafi, a local resident said that vendors and shopkeepers who keep their items beyond their shop fronts increase the chances of accidents besides causing inconvenience to commuters.
A trader in Lal Chowk blamed SMC for not carrying a sustained drive against vendors despite court orders.
He also blamed armed forces of blocking footpaths and roads at different places.