New shopping complex inaugurated in Srinagar to rehabilitate shopkeepers
One of the biggest shopping complexes in the city of Srinagar has now been completed with an aim to rehabilitate hundreds of shopkeepers.
The complex was inaugurated by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The construction of the complex was undertaken by the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Company (JKPCC).
This shopping complex was done up to rehabilitate shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of the Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh expressway corridor.
Ghulam Hassan, a shopkeeper, said, "We have very high expectations. It would be useful for us and tourists. We have been waiting for five years, ever since our shops were demolished. We hope the government will allot (the shpos to) us immediately."
Another shopkeeper, Aijaz Malik, said he was awaiting the opening of the complex eagerly.
He said, "We are very happy now. It's a beautiful complex. Our business was suffering badly since past 25 years."
Decorated with traditional dajji diwari (wooden work) on the outer facade, the double-storied rehabilitation complex at Jehangir chowk, estimated to cost about Rs.50 crore, has adequate parking facility for hundreds of cars and comprises of 152 shops.
This shopping complex is located in Srinagar city and is expected to attract locals and tourists at a large scale which can result in good business for the shopkeepers too.
(Posted on 22-08-2014)