SMC’s main office at Karan Nagar closed for 3 days

SMC’s main office at Karan Nagar closed for 3 days

Srinagar: After four employees testing positive for Covid-19, authorities at Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Thursday closed the central office at Karan Nagar for the next three days. As per officials at SMC, four employees from Information Technology and Enforcement sections were detected Covid-19 positive, following which it was decided to close the main office. […]

Blossom on Madeen Sahib’s terrace delayed by coronavirus

Blossom on Madeen Sahib’s terrace delayed by coronavirus

Srinagar: Renovation work on the historic Sultanate-period monument Madeen Sahab in old Srinagar has stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The monument was all set to see a blossom of blue flowers on its roof after many years. The archaeological department had refurbished its roof by laying a new layer of soil and planting blue […]

Work finally begins on upgrade of 3 STPs around Dal Lake

Work finally begins on upgrade of 3 STPs around Dal Lake

Srinagar: After missing many deadlines, the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has started work on upgrading the old technology used in Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in Kashmir. Lack of funds had long held up the much-needed upgrading of the STPs. Now finally the work has been started, at an estimated cost of nine crore […]

Riverside parks poorly maintained due to lack of funds, manpower

Riverside parks poorly maintained due to lack of funds, manpower

Srinagar: The two parks in Srinagar which are under the irrigation and flood control (I&FC) department — Jhelum View Parks on the river embankment — are crying for maintenance. Officials say that lack of funds and shortage of manpower in the department is the reason why the parks are not being looked after as they […]

Mayor election postponed ‘up to three months’

Mayor election postponed ‘up to three months’

Srinagar: The election for Srinagar’s new Mayor has been postponed indefinitely, ostensibly due to the Covid-19 situation, says a government order issued here on Wednesday. The election scheduled on Tuesday was deferred because of ‘unavailability’ of space at the Banquet Hall. Thursday, July 16, was set as the new date for it. Now an order […]

Govt springs last-minute surprise, postpones Mayor election for three months

Govt springs last-minute surprise, postpones Mayor election for three months

Srinagar: The election for Srinagar’s new Mayor has been postponed for three months, ostensibly due to the Covid-19 situation, says a government order issued here on Wednesday. The election scheduled on Tuesday was deferred because of ‘unavailability’ of space at the Banquet Hall. Thursday, July 16, was set as the new date for it. Now an order issued […]

Elections for SMC Mayor postponed today, scheduled on Thursday now

Elections for SMC Mayor postponed today, scheduled on Thursday now

Srinagar: Elections for  Mayor’s post at Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) were on Tuesday deferred because of ‘unavailability’ of space at Banquet Hall in the city. The polls for the top post have now been scheduled on Thursday, a top official of the civic body told Kashmir Reader. SMC Commissioner, Gazanfar Ali confirmed that the elections were […]

SMC’s sanitation workers seek bonus for extra workload

SMC’s sanitation workers seek bonus for extra workload

Srinagar: Sanitation workers who are tirelessly cleaning and disinfecting the city to prevent transmission of Covid-19 are yet to be paid any extra wages or bonus for the increased workload put on their shoulders. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) pays its sanitation employees only Rs 7,250 in monthly wages. “Before the Covid-19 lockdown we did […]

Prices of construction material shoot through the roof in Srinagar

Prices of construction material shoot through the roof in Srinagar

Srinagar: As Unlock 2 begins in Kashmir, people in Srinagar are realising that the cost of construction material has skyrocketed. Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Safa Kadal, told Kashmir Reader that there has been a 50-60 percent increase in rates of bricks, sand, and bajri. “People cannot bear this huge cost amid the lockdown,” he […]

Srinagar’s Sunday market still shut

Srinagar’s Sunday market still shut

Srinagar: Despite the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the weekly flea market in Srinagar, commonly known as the Sunday Market, remains closed since March this year. The district administration has allowed opening of markets in Srinagar on alternative days but vendors are not being allowed to put up stalls for the Sunday market at Lal […]

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