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Preservation of residential, ecologically fragile areas challenge for town planners: Adv Sharma

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Jammu, Nov 27: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma Tuesday chaired a meeting to discuss the status of Srinagar Master Plan preparation here at Civil Secretariat.

Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department, K B Agarwal, Town Planner, Kashmir, Nazir Magrey and Town Planner, Gulzar were present at the meeting.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah and VC, Srinagar Development Authority Sajad Ahmad joined the discussion through video conference.

The meeting was informed that the Srinagar has ecological fragile area and there must be a clear guidelines and instructions regarding mixed land use in the proposed document.

Town planners have a challenge in hand to preserve the residential as well as ecologically fragile areas, the Advisor said, adding that, work needs to be initiated in proposing new laws to safeguard the ecology.

Legal framework for regulatory urban habitation must be both effective and progressive; he said and termed zone wise development code as an innovative step.

The Advisor had a detailed analysis of the preparation of Master Plan, Stages in Master Plan, Milestones of Draft Master Plan Srinagar-2035, Revision of Master Plan 2000-2021, Approach and Methodology adopted for Master Plan, Study of Urbanization and Economic Development, Urban mobility of existing and projected development, Outer, intermediate and inner ring road, Financing the Master Plan, Institutional requirements for its implementation, Legal and policy required for implementation.

The meeting had a threadbare discussion on the Proposed Mass Transport Corridors including Light Metro Corridors and BRT Corridors, Inland Water Transport, besides Social infrastructure, Tourism, Public Health and Urban Sanitation, Land-use Policy and Concept, Existing Land-use Plan 2015, Land suitability analysis, mixed land-use, physical challenges to planning and many alike.

While having a detailed assessment of the Master Plan, the Advisor called for regulated development and said that the Master plan should strike a balance between the requirements of the population and the need for balanced urban development.

The meeting was informed that in current Master Plan, the local area of Srinagar is increased from existing 416 sq. km to around 766 sq.kmbesides covering the projected population of Srinagar Metropolitan Region of about 32.50 lakhs by 2035.

The meeting was further informed about the development and commercialization around flood basins. The Advisor said that every recommendation made by the committee, shall be taken up.

The Advisor further enquired about the recommendations made under Master Plan for Heritage conservation. He said that the Master Plan shall also provide provision for Solid Waste and Sewerage Management.

Regarding Disaster Management, Div com Srinagar informed that land has been earmarked for Emergency Operation Centre.

The Advisor, while having a detailed analysis of land-use policy, stressed on maintaining and protecting the green areas.

The Chair was informed that some areas falling under residential category earlier, have been considered for mixed land use depending on road accessibility.

The Advisor also discussed the provisions in the Master Plan to meet requirements of new habitations besides land pooling.

At the outset, Town Planners gave a comprehensive power point presentation on Srinagar Master Plan.


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BJP’s divisive agenda stands rejected: NC

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Srinagar, Dec12 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the debacle of BJP in Hindi heart land reflects triumph of truth over falsehood and the revulsion of people for divisive and communal politics.

In a statement released from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah Srinagar Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the recent election results in five states reveal that people are the real source of power and that they cannot be taken for granted. “People anticipate deliverance on development issues.

The results should act as an eye opener to those political parties who continue to play politics of polarization. The results are reflective of the fact how people have disapproved of BJP’s divisive agenda aimed at sowing seeds of communal discord,” he said.Imran said that unqualified, naïve and haughty attitude of the BJP leadership and government towards farmer distress and the apathetic condition of small business holders is responsible for their failure in the elections that many say were the semi-finals for the forth coming national elections.

“They however tried their level best to garner support by name changing frenzy, but the people did not heed that claptrap and gave befitting reply to them,” he said.Imran said that the poll debacle of BJP is pointer of the change that people are yearning for. “The results show that people aren’t swayed by fanfare, slogan mongering and catachreses,” he said.

He said that people are now aware of BJP’s poor performance on economic front and foreign affairs front mishandling coupled with its historic mismanagement while dealing with Jammu & Kashmir. “People’s wisdom ought to be respected who want a government that could deliver,” he said.He said that the very secular visage of India was being fiddled with every day. “The results have reinstated that India is a country for all,” he said adding, “Every election is like a fare that invigorates the democratic setup of a country.”

He said that the consequences of BJP’s drubbing in these states should act as eye opener to all parties that politics is a medium to serve people humbly. “I wish the change augments well for our state too,” he said adding, “Those who were looking upto BJP for their political sustenance in Kashmir and were acting as their Trojan horses here won’t be able to see their dreams materialize.”

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Tarigami demands one time KCC loan exemption to farmers

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Kulgam, Dec 12: While expressing serious concern over rising unemployment, power scarcity, corruption and unabated arrests and killings in Kashmir, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday demanded one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the recent heavy snowfall.

This was mentioned in a press release issued here.

Addressing workers convention at Kulgam today he said the announced scale of relief under “state-specific special natural calamity” for damaged orchards due to snowfall is quite inadequate given the quantum of destruction. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees. Millions of trees have been damaged due to the snowfall and the mainstay of the Kashmir economy – horticulture – is in shambles. Even the announced meagre relief has not been disbursed among the victims though almost one and half months have passed.

Tarigami said that the need is to announce one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, besides the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state. “Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not implemented in Kashmir so far. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” said he.

The issue of unemployment, he said, has reached to an alarming proportion as successive governments have failed to suggest a framework to tackle this issue. No policy framework has been suggested to address this huge and vulnerable problem. In absence of other viable avenues, government sector is the only area which provides some opportunity of employment generation. But, the inability of the government in creating such opportunities the future seems to be bleak for our younger generation.

 

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Defunct street lights, decayed electric wires irk Karan Nagar traders

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Srinagar, Dec 12: The Traders Community Wednesday alleged that the main commercial hub of Srinagar City has been ignored by the authorities.

President Traders Federation Karan Nagar Ajaz Shahdhar said that the street lights of this commercial hub are defunct from past couple of years and no efforts are being made to rectify them or to make them functional, considering that Karan Nagar road leads to the premier hospitals of the state SMHS and SKIMS.

“After the sunset and in the absence of street lights, the shopkeepers windup their business much earlier than the desired time,” he said.

The Traders Federation added that high tension wires of PDD pass very close and at low height to the commercial buildings, thereby putting the lives of the people in danger. In past, there have been such instances where people got electrocuted due to low lying, old and damaged electric wires and electric poles that are yet to be replaced.

Though the effort of road widening were taken earlier, but those widened roads are yet to be macadamized leading them to damps in rains and thereby causing lot of inconvenience to general public.

The Traders Federation has sought the intervention of higher ups.

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