Plan to decongest Sgr falls to MCC

Srinagar: A project worth Rs 278.5 crores, aimed to decongest Srinagar’s old city, was stalled due to imposition of Modal Code of Conduct(MCC) during last year’s parliamentary elections, the state government said Monday.
The project now hangs in balance as government of India led Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet to take a decision about the continuation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the scheme under which the proposal was made.
“The project for de-congestion of old city could also safeguard the river Jehlum from garbage disposal and sewage of the households living alongside the river,” Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday told J&K High Court in a consolidated compliance report.
He said proposal was submitted to New Delhi in February last year by the Housing and Urban Development following a meeting of the State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) under chairmanship of then Minister for Urban Development Department.
The project was submitted by a special representative of J&K State Urban Infrastructure Development Agency (SUIDA).
“No headway could be made in the sanctioning of the project due to imposition of model code of conduct and as of now the decision regarding continuance of JNNURM by the present Central Government is pending,” Khanday said.