SRINAGAR: The traders union Qamarwari on Wednesday held a protest demonstration here demanding rehabilitation of shopkeepers whose shops will be removed in road widening project.
Scores of traders assembled in press enclave and chanted slogans “we want rehabilitation”.
General Secretary of the union, Mohammad Sultan Katjoo said the road widening from Batmaloo to Qamarwari was started in 2002-2003 and was completed only after shopkeepers cooperated with the authorities.
“Now the 2nd phase of road widening from Qamarwari Chowk to Paramipora is under process. We demand authorities to rehabilitate all shopkeepers whose shops are being removed in the road widening,” he said.
Manzoor Ahmad Reshi, one of the shopkeepers from Qamarwari said: “I have a small shop in Qamarwari Chowk. I am earning my livelihood through this shop. My family and education of my children is directly dependent upon me.”
“My shop will be removed when the road widening project will be starting in the area. Now we are demanding rehabilitation for those shopkeepers whose shops will be removed under this project,” Reshi said.
The protesters said demanded alternative shops in the vicinity, “which will save their livelihood and will be able to feed their families”.