Batamaloo Street Vendors Stage Protest Against ‘Relocation’

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Srinagar- Street vendors at Batamaloo Saturday staged a protest against the authorities for relocating them to the old bus stand, thus affecting their livelihood badly.

The street vendors assembled at Batamaloo and raised slogans against the authorities for allegedly snatching their livelihood. The protestors were led by Nasir Sofi, President Street Vendor Association Batamaloo.

Pertinently, the authorities, in view of the ongoing smart city works, have directed the street vendors to put up their carts inside the old bus stand, Batamalloo.

Nasir Sofi, President Street Vendor Association Batamaloo alleged that they were verbally told by the authorities to shift to the old bus stand in view of the ongoing smart city works.

“We had already informed authorities about the bad condition of the old bus stand but they did not pay attention. Due to the rainfall, the area has turned into a pool of water” Nasir said, adding the footfall of customers was already less, with rainfall playing a spoilsport.

The street vendors appealed to the authorities to address their genuine demands, failing which they will intensify their protest in coming days.

When contacted, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Athar Aamir assured that he will look into the issue.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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