Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), a joint platform of valley based businessmen Thursday blamed government authorities for their alleged failure to save culture and commercial importance of historic Lal Chowk Srinagar.
KEA warned if government failed to take out measures for the preservation of heritage value of Lal Chowk, they will organize wave of protests against “government’s apathy”.
“The successive government ignored the commercial and cultural importance of Lal Chowk and failed in the development city,” KEA senior Vice President Farooq Ahmed Dar said.
“The successive governments planned conspiracy against the city and put its development on hold,” Dar said.
He alleged that some quarters in government deliberately allowed city to be flooded but people and business community once again started making straw nest.
He said, “Now the authorities are putting hurdles on common people of Lal Chowk and traders.”
He said after last year floods, the commercial establishments started their work once again but the Sadder Court was shifted from Lal Chowk.
“Shafting of government offices will have negative impact on the trade and authorities should shun this look into it,” Dar said
Dar urged intellectuals, civil society lawyers and other businesses people to realize the seriousness of the issue and put pressure on the administration.