SMC first makes a promise, later denies any offer to legalize street vendors, stall owners in Sringar

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vendorsSrinagar Municipality Corporation seems to be unaware about the statement it issued few days ago. It was on Friday that SMC issued a statement that they are going to legalise the vendors of the valley. The statement read that legal cover would be given to the makeshift stall business across Srinagar. It also said that SMC will soon issue the registration papers for the same against a fee of Rs 500.

It was maintained that the move has been made in compliance with National Policy on Urban Street Vendors 2009 and would streamline the system of placing vendors and hawkers in the city.

But in reality SMC says that it has no knowledge of who actually has issued this statement on the behalf of corporation.

While taking to some reporters SMC Commissioner, G.N Qasba has maintained that he isn’t aware about who has issued this statement. He also has confirmed that he has asked his subordinated to withdraw the statement.

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Taking note of this lack of responsibility and unawareness people say that this is an example of how callous the government institutes have become.

“This is so irresponsible. SMC is an authority. They are putting the information out and then deny entertaining it and showing their lack of knowledge,” says a journalist, wishing anonymity.

The vendors of the Srinagar also showed their lack of knowledge about this policy which confirms that the statement has been farce.

“We don’t know any policy nor has SMC talked to us about it. We don’t know about any such thing,” says Mohammad Maqbool, a vendor.

However, taking the positive side of this news people say that if SMC would come up with any such thing it will be much helpful in dealing with the traffic and encroachment chaos city is dealing with.

“Now that news is out – whether fake or real but I would ask SMC to give it a thought as it is much required for getting city out of vendor encroachment,” says Junaid Ahmad, a student.

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