SRINAGAR: A century old house located along a road in old Srinagar collapsed while road widening process done by Roads and Buildings department. The house-owner Bashir Ahmad said that it was due to official negligence that his house collapsed while he was deprived from rightful compensation.
He said they tried to repair and renovate the house of the past 15 years but the authorities denied permission because the house was marked for road widening.
Ahmad had shifted his family to an alternate place after the house turned unsafe to live. However, he continued to use it for business.
“For the past one and a half decade, the R&B department didn’t pay any heed towards our problem. We were neither given permission to renovate the house nor were we offered compensation as per the guidelines,” Abdul Qayoom Bhat, another house-owner said.
“This house collapse caused us heavy financial loss of around Rs 15 lakhs. It became a n exhibit for a while as people took pictures of the rubble. A police team also came here and clicked some picture,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone said that the particular house was not in the administration’s notice in the process of road widening. He said the authorities have not enough money to compensate for houses falling in the road widening projects. “Due to unavailability of funds we don’t dismantle the houses and compensate the householders at the same time. We would have dismantled this house as per process. We first dismantle the very old houses,” he said.