Srinagar: Several key developmental projects in Srinagar are facing delays, with construction stopped and deadlines missed, either because of non-availability of funds or negligence of the authorities. Among many pending-construction buildings, one is the Government Middle School at Gangbugh area in Batmaloo which has been left mid-way for the past 13 years.
According to locals, the school’s construction has been started in 2005 with an allocation of Rs 4 lakh, but the work was left mid-way.
“First they start the work and almost completed the first floor. After that, the workers did not come and so they left the building mid-way. Now the building is open from all sides without any doors or windows attached,” said local resident Aiza Ahmad.
According to others of the area, the construction of the school building stopped within three years of its commencement. “About 13 years have passed since the construction of the school building was started, but the building is still incomplete and has been left unattended to since then,” said another local, Abdhul Qadir Dar
He further said, “We approached various officials of the Education department regarding this issue, but they don’t pay any heed towards this issue, they are least bothered about its completion.”
The locals alleged that the Education department did not release the whole amount which was allocated for the construction of the building in favour of the contractor. “They did not release the fund; that is the main reason the work stopped and the building was never completed,” another local Ghulam Rasool said.
Mudassir Kaleem Fazli, Chief Education Officer of Srinagar, told Kashmir Reader that the previous Zonal Education Officer had already registered an FIR against the concerned contractor who left the work mid-way, and the case is in the court now.
Fazli further added that the department had first released Rs 4 lakh for the construction of the school and that apart from the original allocated amount, Rs 5 lakh were also provided for the building from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), which was released by the concerned MLA
He also said that the construction of the building was earlier executed by Budgam district as the school was under their jurisdiction in Budgam up to 2008. However it was later shifted to Batamaloo Education Zone of Srinagar district after the realignment of the area.
“We want to start the construction of the school building but we are waiting for the No Objection Certificate from the court. The construction work will be started soon after the case is resolved,” he said
He added that the school is presently functioning from a rented accommodation and they have to wait till the construction of building for the school is completed.