Chrar-i-Sharief: A number of devotees visiting the shrine of Sheik Noor-ud-Din Wali (RA) at Chrari Sharief on the occasion of Shab-i-Bara’at complained that they faced problems because of poor arrangements at the shrine.
Accusing the Wakf Board of negligence, the devotees said basic facilities were missing at the shrine where development works are going on at snail’s pace and the construction is incomplete even after 22 years.
A group of visitors Kashmir Reader talked to said that government was making money from the shrine but has left it in a sorry state.
“I consistently visit shrine from last ten years but there is no proper arrangements and satisfying development here in these years,” Abdul Majeed, a devotee from Pulwama said.
“People from all over the Kashmir visit shrine but they feel sad after seeing inadequate facilities for devotees; from prayer mats to washrooms nothing is clean” he added.
Administrator and In charge of the shrine, Mohammad Iqbal, admitted lack of facilities at the shrine and said he has raised the issue with many officials in the board.
“I highlighted the prevailing issues in the shrine with many officials and knocked every door to convey the problems in the shrine but nothing seems to happen and I was pressurized by some locals who also complained about me for their vested interests,” Iqbal said. “Around 15 years down the line some ordinary washrooms were set up with a promise to shift them into concrete washrooms, which people are waiting for till date,” he added. Local residents had approached many officials for completion of work in the mosque, and complained of lack of facilities, but no development has been witnessed.
Vice Chairman Wakf Board Nizamaudin Bhat refuted allegations of inadequate facilities at the shrine.
“Employees and Reshis (caretakers) have some rift which leads to problems for executing our plans,” Bhat said.
“We have funds available and work is going on in the grand mosque, still I will take it on account with concerned employees in shrine about the dissatisfaction of the devotees and I welcome suggestions from public and also public grievance will addressed soon,” he said.