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Srinagar: Terming Srinagar as the pride of Jammu & Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday flagged issues like urban mobility, disaster management, environmental awareness, protection of water bodies and solid waste management which must be addressed for the proper and planned growth of the city.
Addressing a review meeting here of the District Development Board, Srinagar, the Chief Minister directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to demarcate the boundaries of the city’s important water bodies like Gile Sar, Khushal Sar, Brar i Nambal and others at the earliest. She asked the Urban Development Secretary to take on priority the restoration of these water bodies that provide an aesthetic cushion to city life. She expressed dismay over the condition of the Dal Lake and other water bodies and said that given the condition of the lake, she has decided to take a review of its cleaning and de-weeding every 10 days.
In a significant direction to de-congest the city, Mehbooba Mufti, who is also chairperson of the Board, directed the setting up of a Mini Secretariat at the old Batamaloo Bus Stand and asked the concerned authorities to prepare a Draft Proposal Report for the same. She expressed dismay that a large number of offices of the district administration are scattered across the city which ought to be brought under one roof. She said with the setting-up of these offices at one place, many areas of the city would be de-congested and, on the other hand, people would be having all the offices at one place as well.
Terming Srinagar as the soul of the state’s civic life, the Chief Minister also flagged issues like handicraft promotion and artisan welfare for restoring the city the name it has been recognised by for centuries. She directed the Entrepreneurship Development Institute Director to hold camps for artisans and persons connected with handicrafts so as to give the industry a breather and bring stability to the local economy. She directed upgradation of old markets of Zainakadal, Bohri Kadal and Maharaj Gunj as heritage markets.
On issues of day-to-day life, Mehbooba Mufti directed the Power Development Department to speed up work on the Alestaing receiving station, which on operation would stabilize the electric load of a major area of downtown Srinagar. She also directed uninterrupted power supply for street lighting in the city as well as providing electricity to Ghani Memorial, Radpora and Gindun (Rajbagh) stadia in the evenings so that youth can play till late hours. Another direction was also made for the setting up of a transformer bank during winters, for which she appealed to legislators to also cooperate.
The Chief Minister directed pacing up of work on the renovation and beautification of Ziayarat Dastgeer Sahib (R.A.) at Khanyar and Hazrat Shah i Hamdan (R.A.) at Khankah i Moalla and Imambara at Zadibal.
In a major direction, Mehbooba Mufti directed slapping the Public Safety Act against those found involved in the sale of spurious drugs. She also directed that medicines and drugs be made available to patients at hospitals even as she asked the Health Department to put forward an up-gradation and beautification proposal for city hospitals for her consideration.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister held extensive interfacing sessions of concerned officers with the members of the Board during which the legislators put across their issues and problems for early redressal.
Legislators, cutting across party affiliations, hailed the Chief Minister for the interface which enabled them to push their problems and seek their redressal appropriately.
The meeting was informed that the Special Purpose Vehicle for the Srinagar Smart City has been constituted and the first instalment of Rs 200 crore for the projects is expected anytime now. Some mega projects like Rambagh flyover, Grade Separator at TRC etc are in various stages of completion, and many major projects like 45 MLD Tangnar Water Supply Scheme, Bemina College and Cluster University building, 18 small or medium bridges etc are being inaugurated soon.
The meeting was also informed that 10 community halls and five basketball courts are under various stages of completion in the main city. Also 6,200 new street lights are being set up and 15 fountains have been made functional in various areas of the city, the meeting was told.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Dr Syed Abid Rasheed gave a presentation on various developmental activities in the district. He said by the end of September 2017, 86% of the budgetary allocation for the district stands expended.
Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari; Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Asiea Naqash; legislators Ali Muhammad Sagar, Mubarak Gul, Shamima Firdous, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, Abid Ansari, Noor Muhammad Sheikh, Ishfaq Jabbar, Anjum Fazili and Khursheed Alam; administrative secretaries of various departments and heads of several departments were present in the meeting.