Junaid Manzoor/Raja Asim
Srinagar: After 14 long years, work at the under-construction building of Sri Pratap Singh (SPS) Library in Srinagar would be completed by December-end. JKPCC managing director Nayeem Ahmad confirmed this to Kashmir Reader and asserted that it would not miss the deadline.
The six-floor building, which missed multiple deadlines, the last one in October this year, would be without elevators, however, said a top official of JKPCC (Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation).
The official said the elevators would be ready by March next year, as the library and research department has not released funds to the construction agency so far.
The library’s foundation stone was laid by former chief minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2004. The building was expected to be ready within a year. Shortage of money, official hassles, and a court case resulted in the delay, an official said.
“We were not provided funds at regular intervals by the department. Also, the design of the building was changed, escalating its estimated cost,” he said.
The current estimate of the project is Rs 32 crore, of which funds of Rs 8 crore are still pending. Director of the libraries department, Mukhtar ul Aziz, did not respond to repeated calls and texts from this newspaper.
An official privy to the project said that elevators are of vital importance in the building because it would be difficult for people to climb the stairs to six floors.
Each floor of the building has been differently categorised and would have sections for children, elderly, government employees, students, and a cafeteria as well.