Home Minister’s visit: KCCI resents restrictions around Dal Lake

Home Minister’s visit: KCCI resents restrictions around Dal Lake

‘Adverse impact on locals and tourists’

Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has resented the traffic restrictions on Boulevard-Nishat route in view of the Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit, and called them as unwarranted interference in the normal activities of the population. The body has urged the governor to review the restrictions in view of the disruptions it would cause to the tourists as well as the local population.
The government on Tuesday imposed restrictions on traffic on the Boulevard-Nishat road in Home Minister Amit Shah’s two-day visit to the Valley.
The stretch lining the Dal Lak is a central tourist centre in the city, and the route is main link to city for habitations stretching from Nishat to Harwan.
In a statement issued here, KCCI said that the restriction causes tremendous inconvenience to tourists and persons associated with the tourism business. Although tourist vehicles have been exempted from the restriction, KCCI said, but tourists have been advised to “restrict their movement to bare minimum requirement on Boulevard”.
KCCI said that the order has chosen to ignore the sensitive nature of the tourism business “with the bizarre advice to tourists to restrict their movement to bare minimum”.
“The restrictions prevent local customers from visiting hotels and Mughal Gardens situated in the sealed off zone. The local population of the area residing in the area and passing through are also impacted,” the statement said.
“The restrictions are a telling indicator of the situation prevailing in the Valley. It was only a few years ago in the year 2013 when the then Union Home Minister had visited the city centre and interacted with people and shopped there. The Hon’ble Home Minister was in a private car driven by the then Chief Minister and had proceeded to purchase Kashmiri suits, fruits and even had ice-cream. Reference of that city-tour is given to demonstrate the minimal disturbance caused to the public although the status of the visiting dignitary was the same as today,” it added.