Srinagar- The shopkeepers, whose shops are located at Polo View here have expressed resentment against the authorities for their proposal of removing the parking space in the area. The protesting shopkeepers downed their shutters and blocked the traffic on Monday.
Muhammad Ismail, president of Polo View Association said that under the Smart City Project, the authorities are deciding to remove the parking space from the locality.
However, he said that such a move would certainly leave the shopkeepers to suffer as there would be no space available for them as well as the shoppers to park their vehicles.
“We want the authorities to ensure the availability of the parking space so that the shopkeepers as well as the shoppers don't suffer,” he said.
“We are not against the beautification of Srinagar city but at least think about us, about our business. We need a permanent parking space,” said another protesting shopkeeper.
They said the business has been affected due to the closure of parking space. “No customer is coming to us because they have no space to park their vehicles,” a shopkeeper said.
Meanwhile, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu said that he will meet the shopkeepers to hear their plea.
SMC Commissioner also said that he will look into the matter personally to ensure that the demands of the shopkeepers are met.
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