Srinagar: The construction of a community centre-cum-marriage hall at Malikpora-Gadyar area of Zaina Kadal supposed to have begun in 2002 is yet to be started by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department.
Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Baseer Khan, told Kashmir Reader that the matter had been brought to his notice “after too many years”. “I am not able to understand why this community hall cannot be built since 2002. First I have to check all the records, if the land is sanctioned for the community hall, why it is not built,” he said.
Located in the heart of downtown, Malikpora-Gadyar has no open space that its residents could utilise for large gatherings. Residents of the area told Kashmir Reader that government officials had decided to construct the hall in a large government school building.
“The building of this school had abundant space; we suggested to the authorities to construct a community centre here instead because of two reasons – no one studied here and there was no other place available in the area,” Mushtaq Ahmad vice-president of the Welfare Community Zaina Kadal said.
The community centre was expected to cover Malikpora, Zaina Kadal, Gadabazar, Zarabkhan, Gadyar, Saraf Kadal, and other adjoining areas.
“Due to the congestion in the area, we are suffering very badly when there is any marriage ceremony or any person’s death. We are forced to close the main road, which causes tremendous inconvenience to the public and transport. Now 15 years have passed, but nothing has been done,” said a group of residents in the area.
The projected cost of this project is Rs 396 lakhs and two kanals of land has been delineated for the purpose. But after over 15 years of waiting, Malikpora-Gadyar residents do not have much hope of their community centre ever coming through.