The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday took strong exception to the flooding of the Central Business District with footpath vendors.
In a statement issued, Javid Ahmad Tenga, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that on the eve of Eid Festival, the administration had literally turned the Central Business District into a flea market which has caused crippling losses to the genuine business establishments of the area. Tenga said that customers traveling towards the Central Business District had to undergo a harrowing experience as they were stuck in traffic jams due to the parking areas and footpath being occupied by street vendors.
Tenga said that if the administration was so interested in setting up the flea market, some vacant plot of land should have had been identified for this purpose instead of causing inconvenience to the whole population.
Javid Ahmad Tenga appealed to His Excellency the Governor to initiate an inquiry as to which authority had allowed such a transgression to take place and why alternate sites were not arranged. It also needed to be enquired into as to why the enforcement agencies by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, the Traffic Police or the District Police were turning a blind eye to this large-scale encroachment of the Central Business District.