SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday inaugurated various renovated public parks in different parts of Amira Kadal Constituency which were damaged in devastating floods in September 2014.
The minister inaugurated Sheri-e-Kashmir Park near General Post Office, which was renovated at an estimate cost of Rs 94.4 lakh. The renovation includes earth filling, restoration of damaged grill fencing, stone pitching around Chinar trees and other related works.
He was accompanied by Director Floriculture, Mohammad Hussain Mir. On the occasion, the minister was informed that the nearby heritage building in the park has been abandoned, to which Bukhari ordered renovation keeping in view its heritage value, for further use.
On his visit to Polo Ground Park, the minister inaugurated fountain which have been established at an estimated cost of Rs 18.73 lakh. He also inaugurated the upgraded Dhalia garden for which the fencing has been done at the cost of Rs 14.5 lakh.
The Dhalia garden which was established on 20 kanals of land posses 15000 bulbs from 12 varieties of dahlia plants.
Inside the Polo Ground park, Bukhari also inaugurated Office of Floriculture Officer, Mughal Garden; Office of Executive Engineer, Department of Floriculture, Kashmir; Library cum District Floriculture Office, Srinagar.
On the occasion, Bukhari was informed that the construction of basket ball court has been completed and the Badminton court, Cafeteria, Pond, children’s play area and other related things will be developed in the park.
Bukhari said that the development of Polo Ground Park will be a great contribution towards Srinagar as the children will benefit from various facilities being made available in this park. He directed the concerned officials to install lighting in the park as the park is visited by scores of people in the late evening hours.
On his visit to Jawahar Nagar, Bukhari inaugurated eight public parks on which the up-gradation work was completed out of 18 parks. The remaining 10 parks are being upgraded and the developmental work on them will be completed soon.