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Street vendors, shopkeepers continue to encroach footpaths in Ganderbal

Raja Syed Rather

Ganderbal, Feb 23 (KNO): Despite the continuous claims of the administration about taking strict action against encroachers, the shopkeepers and street vendors in main market of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district continue to occupy the footpaths and roads making the movement of vehicles and pedestrians difficult.

Eye-witnesses told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the street vendors and shopkeepers are seen occupying footpaths in main town Ganderbal including Behaama to Duderhama Chowk.

Locals said that the encroachers have randomly occupied footpaths leaving no space for the movement of pedestrians and the moving vehicles even on the main streets of the town.

“Even pedestrians are forced to walk on the main road as the footpaths have been occupied either by shopkeepers or roadside vendors,” Shah Basit, a local resident said. “Elderly people who depend on these footpaths have to walk on the road amid the heavy traffic, leading to accidents everyday “he said, as other residents’ echoed similar concerns.

Locals alleged that the officials have also failed to act against the violators during the Road Safety Week when the awareness programs were being held in different parts of Kashmir to mark the week. Meanwhile, the commuters sought the intervention of higher authorities for immediate removal of encroachers from the footpaths for smooth traffic movement in the town—(KNO)

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