Srinagar, Oct 30: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday devised a traffic diversion plan so that work on Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Crossing patch of Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is carried out in a hassle-free manner.
According to the diversion plan, no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Jehangir Chowk upto Naaz crossing and vice versa till the completion of the work.
The traffic route plan which shall be enforced from November 02, 2018, passenger vehicles (PSVs) coming from Rawalpora-Sanatnagar and Hyderpora shall take left turn at Barzullah Bridge towards Old Barzullah-Bailey Bridge-Alochibagh- Cargo crossing stretch-Bakshi Stadium crossing upto Naaz Crossing-L.D Crossing and back via New Flyover or Tulsibagh. Only one-way traffic from Alochibagh upto Magarmal Crossing will be allowed.
Private vehicles, LMVs coming from Baghat, Sanatnagar and surrounding area can use the same route via from Allochibagh, Cargo crossing, Magarmalbagh crossing or Reck-Chowk towards Jehangir-Chowk and Batmaloo respectively.
PSVs including Sumos, Taveras and TATA-407 coming from Channapora-Natipora-Nowgam shall adopt Rambagh Bridge Solina-Tulsibagh-Stadium crossing-Naaz crossing-L.D Crossing and back.
LMVs coming from Hyderpora and surrounding areas shall adopt Tangpora-Batmaloo route and vehicles coming from Nowgam, Natipora-Channapora shall take right turn at Rambagh Bridge towards Bund-Amar Singh College-Jawharnagar-Rajbagh-Radio Kashmir.
Channapora-Natipora-Nowgam bound vehicles shall adopt Radio Kashmir-Rajbagh-Jawharnagar-Jawharnagar bund route or use New Flyover.
Vehicles moving towards Hyderpora are requested to adopt Batmaloo-Tengpora road.
Maharaja Bazaar road will be open for one way traffic and vehicles from Amira Kadal and surrounding areas can use this road to reach Natipora, Baghat and surrounding areas via New Flyover, Tulsibagh.
The Divisional Commissioner directed SMC officers to remove immediately all vendors from Hari High Street to LD crossing and shift them to Vending Zone opposite old Khalsa School which is already designated for the street vendors besides deploy adequate number of Khilaf Warzi officers around the area.
He also directed Traffic Police to ensure that no vehicle should be allowed to park from Hari High Street to LD crossing. SMC authorities were asked to erect signage boards so that people do not face any kind of difficulty.
Khan stressed upon all concerned officers and engineers to work in coordination, added zeal and in synergy so that the bottlenecks, if any other, in the project are removed immediately and construction work of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is completed soon.
SSP Traffic, Joint Commissioner SMC, Engineers from ERA, Assistant Commissioners and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
Forge unity, not let regionalism, other prejudices divide us: Farooq
Srinagar, Mar 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday urged the people across the state to forge unity for addressing common challenges that the state is facing saying that he desires a society free from communal strife, social injustice and inequality.
Addressing a gathering of people at Batwara, Sonwar Abdullah said that the whole cluster of human virtues like empathy, compassion, kindness, generosity, and forgiveness forms the core of Islam and that the need of the hour is to imbue our lives with these intrinsic qualities of Islam.
“We should repent and ask for forgiveness from Allah Almighty. My father Sher-e-Kashmir drew his energy from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He withstood political shenanigans, oppression and confinements for the protection of the state’s special character and integrity. Now it is for the youth to shoulder that legacy of his, however we cannot put up a strong front against those as are inimical to the special constitutional position of our state unless we forge unanimity and not let regionalism, communalism and other prejudices divide us,” Abdullah was quoted by the spokesman as saying.
“Our state is facing a grim situation, the communal forces and their cronies in the state are contriving to destroy our special character, however it is up to us now to make clear to them how passionate we are about our integrity and special status,” he said adding, “The forthcoming elections provide us with a vital opportunity to clean the country and the state of communal filth. I am sure that people have made it a point to give a befitting reply to such forces as are hell-bent to destroy the pluralistic visage of the country.”
Party president later participated in the Fateha Khwani of late Ghulam Nabi Wani at his residence at Batwara. Party president visited the grief-stricken family of late Wani and personally extended condolences to Ex MLC Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi and YNC provincial president Ahsan Pardesi. He prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the grief-stricken family.
Green Srinagar Initiative: Nearly 40 thousand tree saplings planted in first week since launch
Srinagar, Mar 24: Nearly 40 thousand tree saplings have so far been planted in institutions and individual households under the ambitious Green Srinagar Initiative which was launched on March 15 here.
Giving details the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said of nearly 40 thousand tree saplings of different varieties over 20 thousand saplings have been planted in 100 schools, over 12 thousand in different departments, about 1500 in different police stations, over a 1000 provided to different NGOs and about 3500 planted in individual households across Srinagar.
Dr. Shahid who is also the CEO of the Srinagar Smart City Limited which runs this initiative and oversees its implementation said the full target of planting 50 thousand tree saplings during the first phase of the project is expected to be achieved by the targeted date of first week of April.
The Green Srinagar initiative aims to make Srinagar green in the truest sense involving meaningful and smart plantation while bringing all plantation activities in the district under a single organized platform directing and managing them.
It also aims to gather and keep track of data of saplings planted in the district in order to ensure their post-plantation maintenance to get the desired results.
The project undertakes to plant 50 thousand Chinar saplings in addition to some 1.50 lac other tree saplings in schools and institutional areas and along avenues across the district during the first year. Plants exposed to public or vehicular movements are also being tree-guarded under the project.
Saplings have been made available at seven distribution centres set up at different locations one each in all seven zones of the district. Each distribution centre has been equipped with six workers and a dedicated vehicle for processing orders for saplings and undertaking plantation activities in areas falling within their respective zones.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had flagged off a fleet of 10 dedicated green vehicles as part of the project launch on March 15.
Dr Shahid said besides the Green Srinagar mobile application the general public can call at phone numbers 7780819894, 6005830787 and 7006166039 to place their requests for plantation adding that order requests can also be emailed at email@example.com.
NC, PDP workers from Sonwar join Peoples Conference
Srinagar, Mar 24: In a major boost to Peoples Conference in Srinagar, more than 100 prominent NC & PDP workers from Sonwar joined Peoples Conference (PC) in presence of party chairman Sajad Gani Lone at Srinagar today.
Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone while welcoming the new entrants into the caravan of change said that PC is emerging as a strong and valiant pro-Kashmir and pro-people political alternative to the traditional family parties asserting there is widespread realization that PC is the only party which can mitigate the problems of people and take the state on a path towards prosperity.
“The people of Srinagar have been pushed against the wall and are facing a reign of economic persecution. The governance deficit in the previous regimes is responsible for economic dissatisfaction and political alienation in Kashmir. There are growing rumblings of discontent with the two parties. Now people of the state are yearning for change, they want an alternative to NC & PDP to take the state towards peace & prosperity”, he added.
Those who joined the party include NC Vice Block President Basharat Nazir Bhat, PDP youth leader Umar Mushtaq Mir, Halqa President PDP Shalimar Gazanfer Husain, NC Halqa President Balham Yaqoob Abbas, PDP’s Mohd Sarwar among others.
Urging the workers to work with commitment & zeal, Sajad asked them to serve the people selflessly to usher in an era of prosperity.
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