Sonwar market to get roadside parking for shoppers


Authorities have decided to demarcate the Sonwar market roadside with the yellow lines to provide space for brief parking for the shoppers.
Acting on Greater Kashmir report, state traffic advisor Anuj Malhotra visited the market to have a firsthand account of the grievance and complaints by the local traders and commuters.
During his visit, the local traders apprised that their daily business was being adversely affected due to non-availability of the parking space at the market.
“We are law abiding citizens and want authorities to provide us relief in this regard. We just want a parking space at roadside where customers can park their vehicles for a brief period till they are inside our shops for shopping,” Manzoor Ali, a local shopkeeper told Malhotra.
Dr Basheer Ahmad, a dental specialist whose clinic is in the market, informed Malhotra about the grievances of the stakeholders in this regard.
Malhotra took the photographs of road, made assessment and calculations of road area and assured the local traders that they would get space for parking at roadside.
He also issued on spot directions to authorities concerned for drawing yellow lines at roadside. “We are thankful for his visit to this market. He gave us patient hearing. I must say he had arrived here with a mind to help us and he did it,” Dr Baseer Ahmad told Greater Kashmir.
“It may take a day or two for the authorities to draw the yellow lines now. But what gives us satisfaction is that finally the matter has been redressed by state traffic advisor on spot” he said.
Malhotra also assured the local traders and commuters that he would take up the matter of repairing of the dilapidated portion of road with the authorities concerned.
“The demand raised by the local shopkeepers and the commuters especially those who throng this market for shopping is genuine. It is our job to redress the grievances related to traffic management,” Malhotra told Greater Kashmir.
“I came to know about grievance and demand of this market after reading the news report in Greater Kashmir,” he said.
Greater Kashmir had reported on 9 May about the lack of parking facility in the market and how it was adversely affecting the trade of local shopkeepers.

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