Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar, Nov 15: The Kashmir Traders and Manufactures (KTM) Monday held a joint protest at transport nagar Parimpora, demanding fulfilment of basic facilities for the business hub of Srinagar, which has been neglected for years.
Chief spokesperson of KTM and President of traders federation Parimpora Hilal Ahmed Mandoo said that the fruit mandi which falls in this area is considered the largest mandi in Asia but on other hand is in dilapidated condition for last 10 years.
“We have approached every concerned authority from DC to LG, but to no avail,” Mandoo said.
“The particular area that includes transport nagar ,vinar factories , general bus stand comprise almost 1000 shops of the trade community , but unfortunately this area is invisible to the government,” he said.
“We requested LG administration last time, even the Divisional Commissioner visited this area. It is also in the notice of Dc Srinagar Ajaz Asad. We have even contacted Municipal Commissioner Ather Amir but unfortunately we are being ignored,” Mandoo said.
“We are not demanding stars from the sky, we only demand basic facilities which are our right like roads, electricity and water. We have to use long shoes even in summer. Why are we being ignored, aren’t we paying taxes. This road has become like a Dal lake,” he said.
“If administration is not going to take steps for our demands we have to choose other ways from our demands. We are traders, we don’t believe in violence, we are citizens of India, we are tax paying citizens, why are being ignored. We request administration to fulfil our demand at earliest so that we can continue our business without hindrances,” he said.