Disallow trade on pavements in Srinagar: HC directs SMC


The High Court has directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to disallow trade on pavements of the summer capital even as it urged the civic body to continue doing away with the encroachments here.
A division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Sanjay Kumar issued the direction after the court perused SMC’s status report indicating the street vendors were removed from the roads and pavements. 
While the court directed SMC to ensure that the trade is not allowed on the foot paths, pavements and on roadside anywhere in the Srinagar City, it directed the corporation to continue with the anti-encroachment drive so as to ensure that these areas are congestion free. 
The court also directed Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) which owns the Pantha Chowk Bus Stand area to extend all possible help to the SMC in removing the encroachments in and around the Bus Stand. 
Director, Land Management, SDA, who was present assured the court that they would render all possible assistance to the SMC or any other agency to remove the illegal encroachment in and around the Pantha Chowk area.   
With regarding to the proposal for weekly holidays in different markets in Srinagar City, the labor commissioner through his status report informed the court that proposal he received from SSP Traffic Srinagar was referred to the Administrative Department for necessary action.
Following the submission by the state counsel B A Dar, the court granted further time to the respondents to file compliance. It however said commissioner Secretary Labor shall remain present in person, if he failed to complied with the order.    
Meanwhile the court directed the JKERA to update the status with reference to the progress in the work of Ram Bagh flyover bridge by the next date. 
With regard to erstwhile Batamaloo Bus stand while the SSP Traffic Srinagar informed the court that the bus terminal has been cleared of all the vehicles, advocate Ateeb Kanth, advocate, assisting counsel to Amicus Curiae reveals that the mini buses and taxi cabs are still operating from the entry and exit gates of the Batamaloo Bus Stand.  
The report further divulged that there is an auto stand operating on the main road which has reduced its width and aggravated the problem.   
According to the report the wrong parking and the encroachment by shopkeepers and vendors is badly hampering the free flow of traffic in the area.  The report says the Batamaloo bus stand is in dilapidated condition and is filled with lot of litter and garbage.   
While the report indicates that only the busses have shifted to the Parimpora Bus Stand and no mini bus and taxi/ cab is seen in the Parimpora bus stand, it says the Parimpora bus stand is filled with litter and gives a very grim picture. After the court observed that the reports filed by the SSP, Traffic, Srinagar and Ateeb Kanth, assisting counsel to  Amicus Curiae, are in conflict, it apprised the SSP Srinagar about it.
The SSP Traffic, Srinagar, assured the court that all measures would be taken to ensure free flow of vehicular movement in and around the erstwhile Batamaloo bus stand including the road leading from Batamaloo to Qamarwari and Batamaloo to Moominabad bypass.

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