SRINAGAR: Most of the directions given by former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed regarding the development of Srinagar, during his five extended tours of the city, have not been implemented. Not even the ones he made on his first visit to the city on 27 April 2015.
Mufti, who called the city ‘our heart’, had visited many areas of the capital on April 27, May 11, October 27, November 23 and December 22.
He had directed officials to make proposals and also inquired about the progress of ongoing projects.
On his first tour, Mufti had at Khanqah-e-Moula, one of the 15 destinations he visited that day, directed chief engineer Roads and Buildings Department to prepare a plan for the construction of a footbridge connecting the shrine to the historic Pathar Masjid (mosque).
River Jhelum separates the mosque built by Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, and the shrine.
Chief engineer R&B Satish Razdan told Kashmir Reader the idea has been shelved because the Archaeological Survey of India objected to the construction, saying construction within 200 meters of an historic building is not permitted by law.
However, Mufti’s close aide and R&B minister Abdul Rahman Veeri said the government was committed to realising former CM’s “all dreams”.
On the same day, Mufti directed authorities to undertake underground cabling of electric wires and ensure uninterrupted power supply to the residents living close to historic Jamia Masjid. A year has passed but nothing has been done.
Late Mufti also directed the department to make an extension of Imam Bhara in Zadibal. However, the proposal is still awaiting planning department’s nod.
On his last visit to the city on 22 December 2015, Mufti directed authorities to decongest the localities in downtown, a commitment repeated by his daughter and CM Mehbooba Mufti on her maiden visit to the city on Saturday. Mufti also suggested that the problem of congestion would be solved by constructing a housing colony in Public Private Partnership mode.
A formal announcement was even made but government received no proposals.
Principal secretary to the CM Navin Kumar Choudhary told Kashmir Reader the government has compiled former CM’s all directions so that they can be implemented.
“The directions are being monitored by the CM herself. An officer was also assigned the task to pass on Mufti sahib’s directions to all the departments. We are holding a series of meetings in this regard. An immediate one would be held next week that will be presided by current CM. We are also looking into Mufti sahib’s directions which cannot be implemented because of certain laws,” Navin said.