Srinagar Muncipal Committee (SMC) starts its demolition drive Tuesday and during the first phase of the drive demolished around 20 illegal shops in the Regal Chowk of the city, an official said.
He further informed that they have demolished all the shops which had come up illegally in Regal Lane on Residency Road in the early hours today. He said, “Though the corporation was busy clearing up the garbage and mess brought in by floods, the corporation will not allow the unscrupulous elements to take advantage of the situation.”
Pertinently the said matter of illegal constructions in and around city was mentioned in a press conference of Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khandey, on Monday and he had promised the government will look into the matter.
As per eyewitnesses, the shopkeepers, who were resorting to illegal constructions blocked the Residency Road in protest of the demolition for some time.
Meanwhile, the devastating flood has helped many shop owners to resolve the long time conflicts with the ones who had illegally occupied their properties.