Work on community hall at Safa Kadal going at snail’s pace

Work on community hall at Safa Kadal going at snail’s pace
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Mohammad Imran Naikoo

SRINAGAR: Five years after its foundation stone was laid by then Assembly speaker Mubarak Gul, the work on a community hall at Gasi Mohalla in Safakadal are is going on at snail’s pace, much to the dismay of residents.
The demand for a community hall, residents said, was met after a long time, and initially the contruction work appeared promising, but so far, only a basic column structure has been raised.
Resdients said the SMC department has neglected the congested area and are unmindful of the dire need for a community hall.
“We have been moving from pillar to post for last two years. There is hardly any concerned officer we have not visited so far, but no one in looking into the matter,” Showkat Ahmad, a resident of the locality said.
“The government has not shown serious approach toward the issue.”
Another residents Mohammad Yousuf Dar added that they were facing tremendous problems due to lack of community hall, for social functions.
“At least SMC department should look to the community hall and see why the construction has been stopped. But unfortunately nobody has visited our area for the past two years,” a group of residents told Kashmir Reader
Asstt Executive Engineer (Civil) Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mohammad Ashraf Baba told Kashmir Reader that the 90 percent work on the first phase of construction has been completed. “Funds have been alloted for second phase of the building and work will be srarted within two weeks,” he said.
He assured the people that the construction of community hall will be taken immediately.

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