Govt apathy mars business activities at Ali Jan shopping mall

Govt apathy mars business activities at Ali Jan shopping mall

SRINAGAR: Poor maintenance and neglect has hit the Dr Ali Jan Shopping Plaza business, with traders saying that people have to wade through ankle deep water to enter the complex after the sever line was blocked during widening of the road few years back.
The lingering problem, according to business community at the mall has not been responded duly by a grievance cell set by the government to tackle public issues and it has even not created a flutter on the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s new grievance e-mail counter.
“The mall is in mess as customers shy away from entering at main gate as there a pool of water to be crossed to venture into the complex,” said Nisar Ahmad one of the businessmen at complex.
Nisar says that the plight of the urban planning can be gauged by this flawed planning as at the time of widening Maulana Azad Road few years ago the drainage outlet of this complex got blocked causing inundation of the parking lot of this complex.
The shop owners say that they could salvage some of the space for parking by earth filling some of the portion, but water still accumulates at the main entrance.
“We contacted various civic agencies, but they could not help us and also posted our grievance at the government grievance cell,” said another shop owner at the complex, adding that disappointed on all fronts we also sent a mail to the chief minister to set the things right.
The complex according to owners was set by a trust that ran the ‘Sher-i-Kashmir National Medical Institute Trust’ though the trust later taken over by government, with legal battle still on in the courts.
The government cannot remain ignorant on what is happening even as this is main area where from they travel on daily basis.