ANANTNAG: A “modern and hygienic” trout fish sale centre, inaugurated in August last year amid much pomp and show, here on the outskirts of main town Anantnag, is yet to see the light of the day.
More than half-a-crore rupees were spent on the sale centre in Ashajipora area of Anantnag district. It was conceptualised and constructed with the aim of providing trout fish to the general public in a modern and hygienic way.
Besides, the centre would have served as a market place for private trout fish farmers in Anantnag. The centre was finally inaugurated on August 3 last year by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Asgar Hassan Samoon along with some other ambitious projects.
It has, however, miserably failed to fulfill any of the goals it was supposed to. “The centre is neither providing fish to the locals and obviously it has not become a market place for the fish farmers of the area,” a source in the fisheries department told Kashmir Reader.
Sources said that the centre has not seen a single working day since its inaugural. “What keeps them from operating this centre is beyond comprehension,” the sources said.
They allege that the centre has so far proved to be an utter wastage of government money.
The local people as well as the local trout farmers allege that something was “fishy” at this fish sale centre.
“Otherwise it was a simple sale centre where they would sell fish to the people and if it (fish) was not available at their farms, we would have come handy in providing them the stock,” a private trout farmer told Kashmir Reader, requesting anonymity.
He said that the fact that the centre has not operated for even a single day since its inauguration is enough to raise suspicions that something was not right.
“It looks like yet another money-making project for the con men in the government,” the private trout farmers alleged.
Kashmir Reader talked to R N Pandita, director of the fisheries department regarding the issue and he assured that action would be taken.
“I will inquire about this matter tomorrow,” Pandita said.