SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan on Saturday said the PDP-led government has thrown the summer capital, Srinagar, “to dogs” while asking the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to “realise your responsibilities”.
In a statement issued here, Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said, “With this messy state of affairs in Srinagar, one can imagine the plight of other districts of Valley.”
He said there was no need to convert the bridge near Convent School into a footbridge. He said the ongoing revamp of the Master Plan for Srinagar was not being done in accordance with the need of the times. “What we have learnt from media reports is that the same is being secretly altered to meet personal interests of some influential lobby,” he said.
“The biggest nuisance in the city is traffic congestion which is only worsening and “it is really very unfortunate that despite death of a young girl Roshni Kaur due to traffic jams, the district and divisional administration have been silent on the need to streamline traffic. This is criminal negligence,” Khan said.
The media head of KTMF/KEA, Farhan Kitab, in a statement said the business activities in the city centre and elsewhere have come to grinding halt whereas “authorities are busy to utilise traffic police for recovering fines and photo sessions”. “Srinagar has been subjected to misplaced priorities,” he said.
He said the meeting called by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan on March 3 to streamline traffic was a “mockery in itself”.
Quoting an official handout Khan said “even government admits that the meeting was ridiculous”. “As per the handout, ‘He (Baseer Khan) directed for formulation of effective traffic management plan to ensure smooth flow of traffic on busy Batamaloo, Moominabad, Tatoo Ground, Rambagh roads and other areas within a week’s time’. If now an effective traffic management plan is being prepared what was administration doing for all these months?”
Meanwhile, Yasin Khan appealed the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and MLA Syed Altaf Bukhari to look into the matter. “What is preventing Bukhari Sahib, who constituency is worst hit, from calling a meeting of stakeholders and experts from the field?”