Kashmir Traders Body Demands Reopening Of Restaurants In Srinagar

Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday asked government to ease the restrictions and issue orders of reopening of restaurants in Srinagar with 50 percent capacity.

A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) led by General Secretary, Farooq Amin Thursday held a meeting with Mohammed Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to allow reopening of restaurants in Srinagar with 50 percent capacity as they continue to wear deserted look and have been adversely impacted due to successive lockdowns.

President, Restaurant and Cafe Association of Kashmir (RAK), Sheikh Feroz also accompanied the delegation and apprised the authorities of the plight of the people of this industry which is on the verge of collapse, a spokesman of the KCCI said.

“The sector which employs thousands of people and is a source of livelihood for thousands of families, the delegation urged authorities to allow reopening of restaurants and assured that proper Covid-19 SOP’s will be followed in order to contain the contagion.”

“As the Covid-19 second wave has receded 0.5% positive rate and the government has eased the lockdown, the delegation apprised the authorities of the plight of the people impacted due to closure of the restaurants as the industry supports the livelihood of thousands of people,” said the KCCI spokesperson.

The delegation assured the authorities that COVID appropriate behaviour would be followed by the stakeholders, he said.

“KCCI thanked authorities for listening to ground realities and hoped that the issues raised with the authorities will be heeded.”

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