Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) on Monday urged authorities to make RT-PCR test mandatory for all incoming tourist either by road or by air to Kashmir Valley even as the traders demanded unlocking shops in keeping with the demand by various shopkeepers associations.
The demand was made during a meeting called by Mohammad Aijaz , Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Development Commissioner, Srinagar were in all prominent Trade Organizations were invited for unlocking the markets and to resume the business in Srinagar.
The feedback were given by various shopkeeper Association and Trade Associations. President, KCC&I, Sheikh Ashiq gave thrust that Srinagar being the centre for all activities, markets should be unlocked as suggested by all stake holders and all SOPs should be followed by shopkeepers and customers to. resume Tourism in Srinagar it was stressed that RT-PCR Test for all incoming tourist either by road or by air should be made mandatory as was done in Ladakh .
It was also suggested that Restaurants be opened with 50% capacity so that they can also run their business, the KCC&I said in a statement issued here.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad also stressed that vaccination programme should be conducted in full swing and the chamber will coordinate with all Affiliated Associations and give full support to this drive. He also urged the Government that small shop-keepers who suf-fered a lot due to continuous lockdown and suggested that interest free loan for the next five years, should be taken up with higher au-thorities so that they can revive their business as the capital is va-nished due to lock down from the last three years.
“Mohammad Aijaz, Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) assured to the whole business Community that he will take all suggestions to the higher authority and come up with solution to all their queries which will benefit the trade,” the statement added.