Malla Bagh residents stage anti-govt protest

Malla Bagh residents stage anti-govt protest

By Javid Ali
SRINAGAR: Residents of Malla Bagh area in city outskirts on Wednesday held a protest demanding that the area should treated as separate entity in police as well as revenue records.
The protesting residents also demanded removal of a CRPF camp besides urging government to delink the area from the jurisdiction of Zonal Education Office, Gulab Bagh.
Scores of residents from different colonies of the area assembled and blocked the Soura-Hazratbal road and disrupted the traffic movement for almost an hour.
The protesters were demanding that Malla Bagh be treated as a separate entity in revenue, police and municipal records, besides extension of the road in the area.
“Four police stations are operating in Malla Bagh area and our credentials are verified by four different police stations, which is annoying and time consumes,” said General Secretary Social Welfare Committee Malbagh, Naseem Bagh, Abdul Wahid.
“We come under Srinagar but ZEO office is in Ganderbal. Our Tehsildar is now seated at Eidgah, which is very far from Malla Bagh. Also, if patient has to go to hospital, there is no hospital in the area and on the way to LD hospital, sometimes patients die,” he added.
The protesting residents alleged that the main road as well as the link roads has been macadamized a decade ago.
“The main road is in dilapidated condition and is very narrow. While other roads have been widened, this road is still 12 feet,” he added.
They said that many schools fall on this road and there was a consistent threat of accidents due to “narrowness of the road and heavy rush of traffic”.
The protesters said that the area was without proper healthcare facilities. “We want a pediatric hospital in the area and we are ready to donate land for the same,” they added.
“A large chunk of land is under the occupation of CRPF troopers in the area. Government must remove it and instead should build a well equipped health centre,” they added.
The residents also demand the backward area status for the locality.
“We will intensify our protests if the government ignores our demands,” Abdul Wahid said.