In order to create a hassle-free movement of vehicles and pedestrians, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Saturday directed concerned officers to remove encroachments on city roads immediately.
He also directed to take strict action against the violators and booking them as per the relevant section of the law.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing traffic de-congestion measure taken across Srinagar.
He directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to deploy a dedicated contingent of officials headed by Chief Enforcement officer who will ensure that no encroachment occurs by the street vendors after they are removed. Police will provide the necessary support to the SMC as and when required. DC Srinagar shall provide Magistracy to the squads of SMC during an anti-encroachment drive.
“SMC will utilize the services of vehicles mounted with loudspeakers to create mass awareness for shopkeepers not to display their goods on footpaths and street vendors before initiating any legal action against them. The corporation will also use all formats of media to warn the unscrupulous elements for strict action including confiscation of their merchandise in case of violation of any kind”, Khan further directed.
Strict action will be initiated against the officials of the SMC in case of laxity in removing of street vendors.
SMC will freeze the registration process of new vendors till further orders and police shall initiate action against the unregistered street vendors.
DC Srinagar and SSP Srinagar shall verify the status on the ground and furnish a report on a weekly basis to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for further course of necessary action.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir stressed on the officers to ensure removal of all bottlenecks immediately for the traffic de-congestion across the capital city.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar K.K. Sidha, Additional Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), SP city (south), ASP Traffic city (south), Senior Estate Officer Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), Assistant Commissioner (central) Qazi Irfan Rasool and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.