SRINAGAR: The day he presided over a ‘grievance redressal’ meeting, works minister, Altaf Bukhari, outrightly refused to entertain a plea for road widening in Malla Bagh, the residents said.
Ghulam Hassan Ganaie, leading a delegation from Malla Bagh, said that they went to the minister for the widening of the road in their area which was constructed some 60 years ago.
“The road is still 10 to 12 feet causing huge problems for the general masses. There are many schools which operate on the same road and the rush is growing every day. The area often witnesses traffic accidents owing to the narrowness of the road,” he said. “During office hours, traffic jams are a huge problem,” he added.
Ganaie said that the minister out rightly refused to address their problem.
“The minister told us he would not do anything about the issue. He said that it will not happen at least in this government’s tenure,” he said.
The delegation said that the minister’s ‘grievance redressal day’ was just a “publicity stunt”.
“We waited for three hours and eventually left without our issues being addressed,” said Ganaie.
“The minister’s loud talk about solving the public issues was just to secure the vote bank. It will back fire on them. Not only us, many other delegations, e.g from Sonawari, were refused to be entertained,” he added.
Another member of the delegation, Abdul Wahid Sofi, said that the area was having many other issues like illegal occupation of land by the government forces. “We want a Children’s hospital on the land,” Sofi said.
“The area lacks basic amenities like a higher secondary school, a medical dispensary and proper drainage system etc,” he said
“We wanted our issues to be addressed, but the concerned miniser simply denied. There is no need to hold such days to deceive people,” he added.
The minister had announced to hold an on-spot ‘grievance redressal day’ every month to “bring people and administration closer”.
State minister for health and social welfare and MLA Hazratbal, Asiea Naqash told Kashmir Reader that on the ‘grievance redressal day’, they would “address small issues only”.
“Malla Bagh falls in my constituency. There are bigger projects to be taken care of like road widening which cannot be addressed on the day as such projects are large-scale projects,” she said.