PAMPORE: The Eidgah in saffron town Pampore has been in shambles since September 2014 when the floods destroyed its boundary wall and pulpit.
The Auqaf Committee members told Kashmir Reader that after the boundary wall and pulpit was damaged they roped in engineers for repair, but the work remained pending for lack of funds
They also wanted the boundary wall and pulpit to remain resistant to future catastrophes, particularly floods.
Secretary General, Idarah Islamia Auqaf Pampore, Mohammad Sultan Shah said they collected more than 40 lakh rupees in last four years which he said proved insufficient for the restoration works.
He added that Minister of State, Mir Zahoor Ahmad who is the Member of Legislative Assembly from Pampore also allotted five lakh rupees for land filling which again proved insufficient.
The Auqaf Committee, he said, also approached government for help.
“In the public darbar at Pulwama few months ago we also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who assured that she
would look into the matter, but the promise is yet to be fulfilled,” he said, adding that even former member parliament Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri also had promised to donate money.
Local residents, however, blamed the Auqaf for failing to get the restoration done.
They said that had the committee approached the government sincerely the matter would have been resolved, “but due to their own businesses they did not pay any heed and were just issuing statements likes the politicians”.
Local residents also alleged that the Auqaf committee has failed to ensure cleanliness of the Eidgah as garbage is openly dumped there, making the site an abode of stray dogs.