By ISHFAQ RESHI
MAGAM (BUDGAM): With footpaths and roadsides encroached by shopkeepers and street vendors, moving through Magam town is a nightmare for pedestrians as well as motorists.
Among all the markets of Budgam district, the worst situation is seen at Magam, where wholesale dealers, crockery sellers, and motor cycle dealers have expanded their showrooms to the middle of the road leaving a single lane for the motorists and pedestrians.
“There is no space to walk on the footpaths or roads as all the shopkeepers had displayed their goods on footpaths and the rest of the space was captured by vendors, especially on a road from Agarikalan to Police Station Magam,” said Muhammad Adil, a frequent visitor to the market.
“It is really hard to find the footpath. One has to walk on the main road. I don’t know why Municipal Committee doesn’t take any action against the encroachers,” said Talha Ahmed, another visitor.
A student from Magam degree college asked the fun of “being the gateway to tourist Gulmarg”.
“Here no one pays attention to basic necessities. How does it qualify for this tag?” He said.
Mir Bakar, a senior citizen, added that even though men somehow manage to walk on the busy narrow road, but the situation is impossible for the womenfolk, especially the ones carrying children in laps.
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