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May 2019 new date for completion of TRC grade separator

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar: Three years on, the grade separator at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) junction, envisioned in 2009 as the solution for the traffic mess in the city centre,is still waiting for its completion.

The foundation stone for the grade separator was laid by former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in December 2015 and was to be completed by December 2016.

However, the unrest of 2016 that erupted after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani delayed its completion as non-local labourers ran away.

 

In the past, the separator missed numerous deadlines. Presently, the work on the grade separator is going on at the sluggish pace

It is the part of ADB Loan II, Tranche 3 of Rs. 41.83 crore project, which also envisaged the construction of New Mehjoor Nagar bridge at Jawahar Nagar, whose foundation stone was also laid by former chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Saeed.

Mehjoor Nagar bridge has been thrown open for the vehicular traffic, giving respite to the commuters, but the opening of TRC grade separator still seems to be a distant a distant dream.

“We are really facing tough time. We fail to understand that why it has not been completed so far. The authorities should ensure its opening at an earliest,”said a commuter, Parvaiz Ahmad near radio station.

Another commuter, Bashir Ahmad at Sonwar said, “Two limbs, one towards TRC and the other one towards Residency Road will surly ease out traffic movement on it.”

“At present, the commuters often get stuck in traffic jams. After its opening, they would really take sigh of relief.”

Director, JKERA, Showkat Ahamd Wani said that the work has been going on in full swing.

He said that around 68% work stands completed adding that by May, the grade separator would be thrown open for vehicular traffic.

“The structure would be completed by the end of February, but the grade separator would be thrown open for the vehicles only after macadamization. Before May, macadamization cannot be done,”he said.

 

 


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Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.

The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.

 

Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.

It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.

Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.

Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.

Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.

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Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.

“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.

 

He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.

“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.

Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.

“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.

He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

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Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal

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Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.

 

Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.

JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.

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