Shopian: Cab drivers in Imamsahib Tehsil of Shopian complain about the lack of sumo stand despite orders from divisional commissioner’s office and High court of Jammu and Kashmir.
A group of cab drivers here in Imamsahib told Kashmir Reader that administration is playing with the livelihood of 70 cab drivers and their families since it has failed to clear the illegal occupation of 1.4 Kanals of land which was given to them by government.
They said that 1.4 kanals of land is among 14.9 kanals of land illegally occupied by Muhammed Yousuf Koka son of Sana Ullah Koka resident of Imamsahib from state land.
President cab drivers association Imamsahib Muhammad Altaf Shah, told Kashmir Reader that “Where will we go, shopkeepers often fight with us when we place vehicles in front of their shops; they have reason to object . On the other hand police also directs us to vacate the area. We don’t have any option, where shall we go”.
He added that sumo stand was allotted encroached land in 2012 but despite that district administration failed to free the encroached land.
“We are not demanding any government job or any big thing from government but a sumo stand on the orders of divisional commissioner’s office, The order had also asked for constituting a committee of officers including Tehsildar Shopian, Tehsildar Imamsahib, Naibtehsildar Imamsahib, PA to deputy commissioner, Patwari concerned and Girdawar Goongo to look into the matter,” Manzoor Ahmad, vice president of the association told Kashmir Reader.
Chairman of association, Abdul Hanan added that” We request deputy commissioner of Shopian to look into our long pending demand. We don’t want to come on roads”.
Members of cab association told Kashmir Reader that on 28 of this month, SDM Zainapora along with several officers came to evict the land but stopped due to unknown reasons.
One of the orders of Deputy Commissioner reads about that formation of Committee and freeing of of this encroached land but nothing happened on ground.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate Zainapora, Syed Ahmed told Kashmir Reader that the land will be freed within a week’s time and they are looking for land for cab stand. “There was some issue like 33KVA lines and reservations of locals due to which the drive was stopped,” he said.