Mehbooba seeks cooperation from shopkeepers, vendors to help in de-congesting city
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday sought cooperation from shopkeepers and vendors to help in de-congesting the city centre. She also handed out an assurance to the vendors that Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) will identify land within the city centre for their relocation so that they are able to earn their livelihood with dignity. “We need to restore public spaces for smooth movement of vehicles, which will ease hardships faced by commuters and pedestrians,” she added.
Mehbooba, who carried out a detailed tour of Srinagar city, took stock of ongoing works on restoration and up-gradation of sports infrastructure, besides obtaining a firsthand appraisal on measures being taken to streamline vehicular traffic.
Mehbooba Mufti gave directions for immediate restoration of gymnasium, squash court and recreational area comprising the cafeteria and library within the next one month so that the facility becomes available to sports-persons at Multi Facility Sports Center at Rajbagh. She also passed instructions for landscaping of the lawns, work on which she said should commence within the next seven days.
Gindun is a state-of-the-art project conceived at a cost of Rs.46 crore. The Chief Minister went around Indoor Stadium Complex and issued directions for illumination of the courts and premises which will allow sports activities to be extended into evening hours. She also directed Secretary Sports Council to identify a suitable space for cafe-cum-library so that players can take a time out.
Expressing concern over delay in completion of the second bridge near Qamarwari despite availability of funds, the Chief Minister said the people residing in the area has to face huge traffic jams, this putting them to several hardships. She fixed a deadline of March 31, 2017 for R&B to complete the work. She also directed I&FC Department to expedite beautification of Jhelum Riverfront at Chattabal Wier, which can become an attractive sightseeing spot for tourist who would prefer a river cruise in the old city.
At L. D. Hospital, Chief Minister was apprised about the need for another Labour Room to offset the load on existing one at the Valley’s premier maternity hospital.