Srinagar- As the Srinagar Administration had asked shopkeepers to install high-definition CCTV cameras outside their establishments in view of the rise in targeted attacks in the Valley, many small business owners have expressed their inability to comply with the orders citing the financial costs involved.
Shopkeepers at Nai Sadak Habba Kadal staged a protest seeking monetary help from the government. President Traders Association Habba Kadal, Abdul Rouf Malik said that shopkeepers are not in a position to install the surveillance systems in their business establishments.
“The minimal cost for installing a CCTV camera setup ranges from Rs. 20,000 to 30,000 which we cannot afford” Malik said on the sidelines of the protest.
“Ninety percent of shopkeepers in our locality are those who hardly make their ends meet. We are not against the installation of CCTV cameras but want the government to evolve a mechanism and the administration itself should bore all the expenses,” Malik said.
He said Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association will meet DC Srinagar and whatever the decision will be taken by the traders’ body, they will accept it. (KNT)
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