PC Opposes SMC, Backs Airport Road Shopkeepers

SRINAGAR: Peoples Conference today flayed Srinagar Municipality decision stop encroachments on Airport road accusing the civic body of acting like a wing of ruling party.

talking to a delegations of shopkeepers from Humhama-Rambagh stretch PC leader and spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu alleged that SMCs was ‘harassing the shopkeepers asking them to close down any openings and access towards the main road on the Indira Gandhi Airport Road.

Mattu said that SMC should desist from working as an ‘economic persecution’ wing of National Conference and understand that the livelihood of hundreds of small shopkeepers is at stake here. “Earlier also, the State government had implemented a ridiculous, elitist policy of brick walling all shop openings on the Airport road. Now, they are out to suffocate these shopkeepers yet again,” he said and assured the delegation that he would personally support them in opposing the obstructionist designs of SMC and the Government when it comes to such a crucial issue.

Mattu said that the Airport road is not a personal family inheritance of the Chief Minister or his cronies “but a road that has both commercial and residential aspects.” “The shutters and openings to the shops on the Airport road were closed many years ago, at a time when these hapless people had no voice to stand up to such brazen political bullying. But now, enough is enough. There is no logic to deprive these shopkeepers of their basic economic right and a campaign would be launched from Humhama to Rambagh to re-open the shutter openings that were closed in the past. The SMC should not dare think that it can snatch the livelihoods of hundreds of families that are directly dependent on small-time retail shops on the Airport road,” the PC leader said.

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