Chinar Vendors Market turns into car parking

Published at November 11, 2017 01:58 AM 0Comment(s)4437views

Will vacate, shift registered street-vendors there: SMC

Chinar Vendors Market turns into car parking

Irfan Yattoo


Space meant for accommodating street-vendors near Jahangir Chowk here has turned into a car parking due to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s failure to vacate street-vendors from roadsides and footpaths and encourage them to work at the designated space.
The Chinar Vendors Market was aimed at accommodating vendors but the aim was never met.
On Friday, hundreds of vehicles could be seen parked inside the market space. Some vehicles were also charged parking fee by some unauthorised people.
A group of vendors at nearby Hari Singh High Street said that from a couple of days they were asked to shift to the Chinar Market but the place was illegally occupied by the vehicles.
They said the Corporation has “totally failed” in providing relief to the street-vendors who “roam in every corner of the city for livelihood”.
Abdul Majeed, who parked his vehicle at the space designated for the vendors, said, “I did not park my vehicle on my own; parking attendant at the gate has received 20 rupees fee; I have been parking my car here for last four days.”
Bashir Ahmad, a vendor at Jahangir Chowk, said, “How can we shift there if the market is full of vehicles. We will not shift unless and until we get written documents signed by commissioner of the [Srinagar Municipal Corporation] that we will not be shifted again and again.”
Bashir accused the government was not paying any heed to their problems. “We don’t have any other source of income except this,” he said.
Meanwhile, pedestrians at nearby Amira Kadal expressed dismay over the congestion around the area, blaming the municipal corporation for “creating a mess” in the area.
Chief Enforcement Officer of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Ghulam Rasool, said the corporation was not aware about the market space being used as a car parking by “some selfish people”.
“Chinar vendors market is only for vendors and if the space is illegally used by cars and [taxi] drivers without any permission order, strict action will be initiated against the defaulters,” he said.
The Office said the corporation would get the place vacated in next two days. “Registered vendors will be shifted there permanently,” he added.
The Corporation’s newly-appointed commissioner, Riyaz Ahmad Wani, could not be contacted for comments.


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