|Langer demands regularisation of Apsara Road market, industries |
|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 12: Sham Lal Langer, Convener, BJP's J&K Industries & Trade Cell today urged the Union Territory administration to regularise the Apsara Road Market and various industries set up in Jammu, so as to facilitate their smooth and hassle-free functioning.
Langer said that upon its inception in 1964, the Gole Market in Gandhi Nagar was planned keeping in mind around a dozen shops.
"However, with times, more and more shops kept coming up and Apsara Road market became the hub of businesses in the City of Temples, contributing greatly to the economy of the erstwhile State, besides becoming of greater historical significance of the ethos and culture of Jammu," said Langer in a statement issued today.
"It is high time that the government regularises the Apsara Road Market at the earliest so that the shopkeepers here can carry out their businesses in a smooth and hassle-free manner.
Langer said that in recent times, Jammu Municipal Corporation has been bothering the traders for no fault of theirs. "With the regularisation of the market at the prescribed fee, the traders won't have to face problems anymore," he said.
The senior BJP leader also demanded the similar provision for the industrial units in the region.
"From past so many decades, the industries in Jammu have fuelled the economic rise of Jammu and Kashmir in a great manner. At the same time, the industries have generated employment for tens of thousands of families across the erstwhile State," he said.
Langer said that representatives of various industrial units have approached him, demanding regularisation of their set up units.
"The government must charge a minimum nominal fee and declare free hold for these industries. Regularisation of these industries will prove to be a boon for the administration, the economy of the Union Territory, besides the employees working in them, and their families," he said.
Langer appealed to administration to accede to these demands of the stakeholders positively.