SRINAGAR, Dec 12: All Traders Union Qamarwari held a protest demonstration here today demanding rehabilitation of the shopkeepers whose shops come in the way of road widening project.
Scores of protesters assembled at Press Enclave, chanted slogans and demanded that the shopkeepers be rehabilitated and provided alternate shops so that they will carry on their work.
The protesters said that the shopkeepers cooperated with the authorities earlier also and they are not against any development but they should be rehabilitated and their livelihoods should not be snatched.
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“The road widening from Batamaloo to Qamarwari was started in 2002-2003 and was completed after shopkeepers cooperated with authorities. Now the 2nd phase of road widening from Qamarwari Chowk to Paramipora is under process. We are not against any development but we demand authorities to rehabilitate all shopkeepers whose shops are being removed in road widening,” General Secretary of the union, Mohammad Sultan Katjoo said
The protesters said that their demand is simple that they should be given alternate shops in the vicinity of the area, which will save the livelihood of affected shopkeepers and be able to feed their families.