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Half a dozen areas of Shah-re-Khass without Community Hall

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Srinagar, Jan 3: The Residents of half a dozen localities of Shah-re-Khass are yarning for a much-needed Community Centre, a bridge at Zaina Kadal, a fire station and parking place for the last 16 years.
“We have been running from pillar to post for the last 16 years for these petty things but our requests have not been given ear all these years”, a delegation of the mohalla committee of these areas told Kashmir Wire.
The delegation comprising members from Zaina Kadal, Gadyar, Malik Pora, Gada Bazar, Zarab Khana and Saraf Kadal said they have sought the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s intervention to resume the work on the community Centre and the bridge which have been halted due to the reasons best known to the then ruling party.
Giving details, the delegation said the work on the community Centre was taken up in the year 2002 to cater the needs of residents of zaina kadal, gadyar, malik pora, gada bazar, zarab khana and other adjoining areas. But as the ill luck would have on it, the work was stopped during the tenure of National Conference government due to the reasons best known to them. Later on, we brought the matter to the notice of the then coalition government headed by PDP to resume the work on these projects but they turned a blind eye towards this “humanitarian” problem.
“Despite of the fact that the site proposed was a privately owned structure, a portion of the property is already owned by the government and the funds being released in favour of the defaulters”, the work was not resumed on the much-needed community centre, the delegation said.
They said a portion of construction and demolition debris consisting of wooden frames, windows, doors is still inside the compound and now the compound is turned into a resting and residing place for a number of stray dogs thereby adding to the inconveniences faced by the population.
“The portion of the structure which is still intact is further used for various immoral and illegal activities by some unknown persons. Besides, this the portion of the structure which is structurally unstable due to the demolition of the remaining half of the structure can collapse at any time leading to the unfortunate loss of life and property”, the delegation said.
They said in the absence of the community Centre in the area, residents are compelled to install tents on the road pavement itself in case of marriages or deaths as we are left with no alternative. These factors do result in the damage of roads and movement of traffic and pedestrains, which cause a bunch of inconveniences to an appreciable portion of population.
The delegation said as a responsible citizens, they had raised this issue during a meeting held under the supervision of the then district development commissioner on May 19,2008, but the desire to have a community centre is still unfulfilled.
Putting forth their demand for construction of a bridge on Zaina kadal, the delegation said the proposed bridge was to be constructed near Gadyar masjid in order to suffice the need of increased traffic. In order to facilitate the project few shops have already been demolished and have been allotted new shop sites in Bohri kadal area. The work was handed over to a state owned executing agency JKPCC and later on the work on the said project was stopped due to the reasons best known to the ruling party.
They said the area had a small fire and emergency unit from the time of Maharaja but due to some unfortunate structural failure the structure for the said unit got damaged as the building meant for the fire and emergency unit was too old and must have passed its design life period. The state administration officials inspected the area and shut down the entire official set up and the people of the area were left with no such unit.
They warned that in case there is some unfortunate incidence in future leading to the loss of life or property the responsibility of the said loss will certainly rest on the shoulders of the government.
They are also demanding parking place for the residents so that they cannot keep the vehicles on the roads which cause inconvenience to the fellow citizens. (Kashmir Wire)


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People have lost faith in PDP: NC

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Bejbehara, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday said that people of Kashmir have lost faith in PDP saying that the people would never forgive Mufti’s for betraying and berating their verdict in 2014 by forging alliance with BJP-RSS.

Addressing an election campaign rally at Bijbehara, party’s senior leader Muhammad Akbar Lone said that there is no sympathy for Mehbooba Mufti on ground and that the people of Bijbehara will not forgive her for unleashing torments on the people particularly the people of Bijbehara, who had reposed faith in her during 2014 elections.

“Today she is again coming forth with the same set of promises she made while canvassing for assembly elections in 2014. However what followed is an open secret, it cannot be articulated in words, there aren’t any alphabets that can reveal the massive pain the people of Kashmir particularly the people of south Kashmir are going through,” he said.

 

“When enjoying the benefits of power, she had bolted her mouth. People who had voted for her were dejected by her changed outlook. People still remember how sordidly she mocked the death and misery of hundreds of families who had to shoulder the coffins of their beloved, with her ‘milk and toffee’ remarks. People remember how appallingly she had asserted that the guns of security forces aren’t for display but action. She shamelessly stuck to her chair when the youth who had voted for her were being fired upon. She didn’t have the gumption to bid good bye to BJP when scores of our youth, and elderly were being blinded and maimed. On the contrary she barefacedly presided over the relentless miseries of people. How can people forget her treachery and political duplicity? People across the state particularly in Kashmir are bidding goodbye to the PDP’s brand of politics, which is based on duplicity, crude lies and political Shenanigans. Mehbooba is herself admitting the fact that people of the state, in particular her workers are disgruntled with her.PDP is a spent force, it never was any; the edifice of PDP has stumbled down under the weight of its own deceit and falsehood,” he said.

Party’s South Zone President Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, while addressing the public meet, said, “Today we see Mehbooba Ji taking pledges for the protection of state’s special status. How can she assume that she can fool people all the time? If she thinks on these lines then she is surely living in a fool’s paradise, people who come to spend time at the Dara Shikoh Park don’t veer around her late father’s tomb, the reason we all know is the doomed embrace of Mufti’s with BJP-RSS. When Mehbooba Ji was told to bow down by BJP, she crawled before them. There is nothing which suggests that she won’t join hands with the BJP in the future also.

He further added, “PDP is still in a tacit alliance with BJP; the way PDP supported BJP’s candidate for the post of deputy chairman of Lokh Sabha reveals it all. Nonetheless, how can she protect the sanctity of our flag now when she couldn’t stand for the interests of Kashmir when in government with BJP? On the contrary, it was she who allowed the implementation of SARFAESI, and NFSA in J&K. what was left of our autonomy; Mufti’s took it upon them to obliterate it. How can she protect it now?”

The leaders who addressed the public meet sought huge winning margin for party’s Anantnag parliamentary constituency candidate Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. The leaders said that Masoodi has been known for his pronounced judgments on the special status of J&K. They said that he is the best person to voice for state’s interests both inside and outside parliament.

Among others retired Justice Hasnain Masooodi, Peer Muhammad Hussnain also addressed the public meet and impressed upon the people to rally round the flag of National Conference.

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Vote for strong candidate: Altaf Bukhari to electorate

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Srinagar, April 18: Former finance minister Altaf Bukhari Thursday said it was time to rise above the party system and vote for a strong candidate who can talk about Kashmir issue in the parliament of India.

Hinting that he has voted for National Conference candidate Farooq Abdullah, Bukhari said Farooq Abdullah is a strong candidate among all the people who were in election fray for the Srinagar parliamentary seat.

Bukhari while talking to reporters after casting his vote, said the attacks on the special identity of Jammu and Kashmir need to be defended and only a person like Farooq Abdullah can do that in the parliament.

 

“I feel we need to send a strong leader to the parliament. We need to send those leaders to the parliament who can make a strong stand for Kashmir cause,” Bukhari said.

Admitting that the previous government in which he was a strong minister holding the portfolio of education and later on finance, failed to respect the aspirations of the people, Bukhari said youth who are on the streets pelting stones, it is always a responsibility of the government to make atmosphere conducive and restore normalcy which the previous government completely failed.

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Whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small issues: Khalida Shah

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Srinagar, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) President Begum Khalida Shah on Thursday said whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small scuffles and issues.

Talking to reporters after carting her vote, Khalida Shah appealed people across Jammu and Kashmir to keep differences at bay and be united to fight their rights.

She added that State was ruined politically, saying it will be unfortunate in case people will not accept the reality on ground.

 

Khalida Shah further stated that people want their rights nothing else but “we should get united so that someone can help use in rescuing from the prevailing situation.”

She said that “there was a need to strengthen ourselves on ground. It is better to work for it. We have not achieved anything but whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we were even losing that in small scuffles and issues.”

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