Eviction notices under garb of Smart City project unwarranted: CCI

CCI members during meeting at Chamber House in Jammu on Thursday.
CCI members during meeting at Chamber House in Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 21: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu today said that eviction notices to people/ traders under garb of Smart City project is unwarranted and unjustified move.
An emergent meeting of CCI, Jammu, was held at Chamber House under the chairmanship of its president Arun Gupta along with the office bearers  in which various issues related to traders were discussed.
The Chamber president applauded the LG Govt for considering various demands of the Chamber including grant of rights to Mahajans, Khatris, Sikhs and Jain to purchase and sale of agriculture land in the UT which earlier was denied to the aforesaid communities by a particular clause in the J&K Land Act and requested the Govt to include Ziver, Nai, Kamyar (Kashap Rajput and Other OBC communities ) in the same preview. He also expressed gratitude for allowing cinemas and banquets to function with certain necessary restrictions.
Gupta appreciated the Government for taking adequate measure in addressing the long pending demand of continuous ban on mining in Jammu region. He welcomed the move of Government for constituting committees to in this regard. Gupta said that there are more demands of the CCI like issues pertaining to single wine shop owners, to stop the opening of huge number of Reliance store in the region.
Jammu Chamber also appealed to the Government to withdraw the order issued by the department asking residents of Gandhi Nagar to vacate front 10 feet area from their premises which is not quite possible.
He said that Jammu Chamber is not against the Smart City project but what is the fun of making Jammu a smart city when its people will have to lose earning avenues. He said that shopkeepers who have got the notices from the Jammu Municipal Corporation to vacate their shops in Gole Market, near Sai Temple as these traders are running their shops for the last more than 50 years. Similarly, the traders running their establishments at Eidgah Road for the last 40 years, have also issued notice by J&K Tourism Development Corporation to vacate the same. He said that these shopkeepers will be ruined if the Government will not rescind these orders as they are dependent on their businesses which existed there since half century back.
Chamber president asked the LG Administration to take a lenient view in the matter and find out a solution to save these traders from getting shattered.