Srinagar: The Tourism department has failed to complete a gateway at Eidgah in Srinagar for the last two years. The department has left the construction of the gate built in devri stones midway after objections from the nearby CRPF camp, officials said.
In 2016, the department had started construction of the gate, as a beautification project, but left it midway, besides leaving construction material on the roadside.
A local shopkeeper said that the work was started with such enthusiasm and pace that “we thought it would hardly take a few months to complete”.
“After the uprising in 2016 they stopped the construction, however, in 2017 they picked up the work with same enthusiasm but within a month they stopped the construction leaving the material on the sides,” said Showkat Ahmad, a shopkeeper in the vicinity.
For many months the construction material lay scattered on the road, he said, even at risk of accidents.
“The construction material which include cement and iron bars were stolen and no one from the authority visited the spot,” he added.
A Tourism official told Kashmir Reader that the work was left midway after objection from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp nearby
“We have constructed one pillar of the gate and now we were to construct another pillar for which we have to remove a bunker of the camp. However, they did not allow us and we have no option but to stop the construction,” he said.
He added that the department took up the matter with Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.
“He (DC) had send the staff there for tie up with the force. Hopefully we will receive the permission and it is granted we will start the construction,” he said.