Development of Srinagar marred by govt’s apathy: Omar

Development of Srinagar marred by govt’s apathy: Omar

Srinagar: Alleging that the absence of popular government is taking toll on the state’s development scenario, the National Conference (NC) vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday claimed that neither the government of India nor the state government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the Srinagar city in the past five years.
“The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. They were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government, and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city that was initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Omar said while welcoming eleven corporators from SMC into the party fold here – according to the statement.
Omar said that National Conference despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state.
“Once in power we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party once in power will hold the authorities accountable,” he said, adding: For past few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city.
The former chief minister further said that we are witness to how government recklessly came up with certain projects in Srinagar which didn’t bring any respite to the city. “The need of the hour, therefore, calls for proper planning to rise up to the demands of growing population of Srinagar city.”
Taking a dig at some of the decisions taken in the previous Mufti led government, he said, “The former BJP-PDP government recklessly displaced General Bus Stand of Batamaloo to the suburban locality of Parimpura. The decision has hampered the livelihood of many and turned out to be least fruitful towards easing traffic situation in Srinagar. In fact the decision has put the commuters to undue duress,” adding, “Unfortunately the proposed projects connecting either sides of the Bund were also recklessly converted into foot bridges. The measure many experts say was executed to serve the interests of few people.”
“The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the assembly last year in the month of June, after being shown door by its former ally, things would have been much different,” he said, adding, “Today, we would have an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm.”
The NC leader said that once in power, the party will put the city of Srinagar on the track of eco-friendly and sustainable development.