Remove encroachments 

The encroachment on city roads is a big challenge for the government. The encroached footpaths have made the movement of people on city roads difficult.
The High Court has directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to continue its drive against encroachments in the summer capital.
Hearing a public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking decongestion of roads in Kashmir, a division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Sunjay Kumar Gupta directed the SMC Commissioner to continue doing away with the encroachments.
Many shopkeepers are of the opinion that their business has suffered due to vendors on the footpaths. It has been observed that vendors set up their stalls in front of the shops and prevent the people from visiting the shops. On the other hand a very few parking facilities available in the Srinagar city especially the city center Lal Chowk makes it difficult for the  shoppers to visit the city center.
Despite government earmarking Sunday as the day for footpath vendors to do business, these vendors appear everywhere on all the seven days of the week.
The encroachment by footpath vendors and at a few places by shopkeepers leads to disruption in traffic movement. It leads to traffic snarls  due to which people have to face lot of inconvenience.
At present the ball is in the court of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. It’s the duty of SMC to keep Srinagar clean and city roads free of congestion. People get stuck in traffic jams for hours together as the encroachers have choked the city roads. The SMC should implement the court orders in letter and spirit and ensure that encroachments are taken care off.