ANANTNAG: Despite attracting a good number of tourists and generating income worth millions Acchabal Mughal garden in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district is losing its sheen due to official apathy.
The Mughal Garden is one of the most visited gardens in Kashmir.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that the water channel in the garden has not been cleared from last many months and is filled with algae.
They added that the garden has very few dustbins and that its light bulbs are broken.
“The lighting system and the fence are in shambles and need complete overhauling,” said locals.
District Floriculture Officer, Anantnag Mubashir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that lighting and fence was the responsibility of civil engineering wing of the department and they face lack of funds.
He, however, said that the algae in the water channel cannot be cleared due to extreme coldn.
“The water channel at fountains has six feet water level so we do not clear the channel during winters,” he said.
He however, expected that the garden would get more fund under government scheme “Face Lifting of Mughal Gardens”.
He added that due to heavy footfall the grass is also damaged in the garden.
Meanwhile, sources from Acchabal told Kashmir Reader that the people in the area were not cooperating with staff and have bullied the employees.