One decrepit building was demolished to clear the land for construction of the hall, but work stopped thereafter
Srinagar: The construction of community centre-cum-marriage hall at Malikpora-Gadyar area of Zaina Kadal, supposed to begin in 2002, is yet to commence.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, told Kashmir Reader that he was not aware of the issue. “I fail to understand why since 2002 this community hall could not be built. This has been brought to my notice after so many years have passed,” Khan said. “I have to check the records to see if the land is sanctioned for the community hall and why it has not been built. Then I will send a team to visit the spot.”
The residents of the area told Kashmir Reader that the Department of Roads and Buildings, River Road Division, had decided to construct the hall for a population that has no open space for large gatherings. The space chosen was an abandoned government school building.
“We suggested the government authorities to construct a community hall at the abandoned school building because of two reasons: no one studied here and there was no other place available in the area,” Mushtaq Ahmad, vice-president of Welfare Committee Zainakal, said.
The community centre was expected to cater to the needs of people in Malilpora, Zaina Kadal, Gadabazar, Zarabkhan, Gadayar, Saraf Kadal, and other adjoining areas.
“Due to the congestion in the area, we are suffering badly for the want of space for marriages or in times of death. We are forced to close the main road, which causes tremendous inconvenience to the public. Fifteen years have passed since government promised a community hell, nothing has been done,” said a resident in the area.
Chachu Ahmad, a resident, said that one decrepit building was demolishing to clear the land for construction of the hall, but work stopped thereafter. “We brought this to the notice of the government but no one paid heed,” he said. “Due to the non-serious attitude of the government, the site has turned into turns into a dumping yard. People throw garbage inside it, which now covers half of the land.”