Srinagar: As the Srinagar Administration has asked shopkeepers to install high-definition CCTV cameras outside their establishments in view of the rise in targeted attacks in the Valley, many small business owners have expressed their inability to comply with the orders citing the financial costs involved.
Shopkeepers at Nai Sadak Habba Kadal staged a protest seeking monetary help from the government. While talking to news agency KNT on the side-lines of the protest, President Traders Association Habba Kadal, Abdul Rouf Malik said that shopkeepers are not in a position to install the surveillance systems in their business establishments as the system costs from Rs. 20000 to 30000 which they cannot afford.
“Ninety percent of shopkeepers in our locality are those who hardly make their both ends meet. We are not against the installation of CCTV cameras but want the government to evolve a mechanism and do it on the pattern of Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government where the administration itself bore all the expenses,” Malik said.
He said Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association is likely to meet DC Srinagar and whatever the decision will be taken by the traders’ body, they will accept it. (KNT)
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