Srinagar: More than a dozen decaying dustbins of Srinagar Municipal Corporation are dumped in front of a shopping complex in Batmaloo area of Srinagar for the last four years.
The shopkeepers of the Chinar Shopping Complex say the dustbins are eating up vital parking space, besides emitting foul smell.
Furkaan Ahmad, a shopkeeper, said dumpsters have become a headache for shopkeepers as well as shoppers alike, while the SMC is fialing to remove them.
“Our customers also face problem as they have to park their vehicle at some other place and from one place to another place, they have to load the goods which not only creates the problem but also wastes time,” Furkaan said.
Muhammad Yousuf, President of the Chinar Shopkeepers Association said they have been visiting “every section” of the SMC for the last seven months to seek redress.
They are turning a blind eye towards our issue,” Yousuf said. “The pungent smell which comes from these dustbins creates health problem in summer days.”
The shopkeepers said SMC dumped dustbins at the site some years back, when some local cab drivers were trying to encroach on the space.
“We thought they will remove the dustbins after some time but now four years have passed and they did not remove them,” a shopkeeper said.
There are around 125 shops in the complex including three halls.
“When government allocated these shops to us, and according to the site plan it is our parking space but unfortunately we are unable to use this space, we are facing many problem as we cannot park our vehicles,” said another shopkeeper Muzaffar Ahmad
Chief Sanitation Officer, SMC, Mohammad Akbar Sofi told Kashmir Reader that the site “belongs to the SMC department and it is up to us what do, If shopkeepers have any problem they can talk to us.”