The Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industries-Kashmir(CCIK) has expressed its serious concern over the parking restrictions in the city which it said has caused a drop in the sales of the shopkeepers.
In a statement, CCIK said vendors are encroaching the roads while traffic police are looking helpless.
“Shopkeepers in different markets of Srinagar are struggling for survival of businesses with lockdown restrictions. The traffic police are also prohibiting single lane parking in front of shops.”
It said the shopkeepers are at the verge of closure due to constant ‘harassment’ of customers by traffic police in the name of traffic management.
“The parking ban has taken a toll on our business and harassment is aimed only on shopkeepers and to our surprise no action has been taken on street vendors who are rather occupying the roads, footpaths and are being encouraged by these traffic cops to open stalls everywhere on the roads and markets.”
CCIK said it has created chaos and the traffic department is not able to clear the dedicated parking space occupied by street vendors in front of shops.
CCIK further said the administration had assured that visitors to various markets won't be harassed as they would strictly ensure that no vendor encroaches upon the footpaths, parking spaces in front of shops and markets “but our customers and shopkeepers are facing huge inconvenience by traffic police”.