Anantnag: The much-awaited plan to decongest the traffic mess of Anantnag town by relocating the Achabal Adda bus stand has been stalled after some “influential” people objected to the site chosen for the new stand.
The project was given the nod by none other than Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the local traders association’s request.
Sources said that the CM earmarked an amount of Rs 30 lakh from her own funds for the project during a recently conducted Public Outreach Programme, here in Anantnag.
“It was a very genuine concern, and the project should have been carried out smoothly,” a senior official in the district administration told Kashmir Reader.
The official said that the relocation of the Adda would have not only meant decongestion of traffic for public ease but it would have also made the approach road to the District Hospital easier to travel on.
Following the CM’s earmarking of funds, a piece of state land in Ashajipora was marked for shifting Achabal Adda from the town’s Lal Chowk area.
However, after some earth-filling work was done at the site, “influential people” living in the vicinity are said to have pulled strings and ensured that the project was at least temporarily halted.
“The project was to be completed by March 31 this year, and there were funds of around Rs 15 lakh already in our kitty to carry out the work,” a senior official from the Urban Local Bodies department told Kashmir Reader.
He said that not even Rs 11 lakh had been utilised from the money when the work was mysteriously halted.
“We don’t know the reasons. The only thing we know is that the work has been halted,” the official said.
Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Muhammad Younis Malik told Kashmir Reader that the project will be completed soon.
“There were some issues raised by the locals, and we wanted to address them and take everyone on board,” Malik said, adding that there will be proper demarcation of land now.
“We are going to complete it very soon,” he said.