SHOPIAN: Despite commitments from district administration, the development of a park in Shopian, earlier used by municipal committee as a dumping site, is yet to take off.
The site was used for parking of vehicles by public, and for dumpsters by the municipal committee, but on public demand the park was cleared of both.
Manzoor Ahmad, a local from the area told Kashmir Reader that there is no other park in the main town where the children can play after school time and on holidays.
“They (municipal committee) were responsible for the distribution of this park as after spending Rs 3 crores on its maintenance they used it as dumping site and parking for vehicles,” he said.
Zahoor Ahmad, a local from the area said that they were demanding the development of park from long time but the officials were not serious about the issue.
“we even went to local member of legislative assembly Muhammad Yousuf Bhat regarding park,” he said.
A woman from the area said that their protests and demands went fruit less as no administrator looked into their vows.
Officials from municipal committee Shopian said that they had brought back dustbins from different parts of town on orders of police last year, as “youth were using these bins as shields during clashes with police”.
“They took back the dustbins and stopped parking for vehicles there but didn’t start work on its development,” another resident Majid Ahmad from said.
Executive officer Municipal committee Shopian, Imtiyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they were working on estimate, design and funds for the park.
“We were in contact with urban local bodies and it will take some time to start work on park,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian Muhammad Aijaz acknowledged the importance of the park and said that he will look into this matter.