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Tang Bagh locality without drainage facility

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By Irshad Khan

Srinagar, Mar 29: Tang Bagh locality at Eidgah here is without a proper drainage system.
The water discharge from around 100 households populating the area, stretching from Tibetan Colony up to Aali Masjid, flows through the open road.
Although the authorities started a drainage project along the Eidgah road, but it was suspended midway for unknown reasons, Dr Abdul Rashid Matoo, a resident alleged.
Now, the small completed portion of the drain, too, has turned defunct, he said.
“The compounds of our houses get inundated during rains,” he added.
Apart from the stench from the waste water, Arshid Hussain, a resident, said there was a danger of “drowning” in the water.
“The water is very deep at some places. To add to it, the grass that grows all over it in summers makes it even riskier, especially for the children,” Hussain said.
“Even the few manholes that have been built are of no use, as there is no way out for the waste water,” he added.
While some of the waste water used to flow into the nearby Wakf land earlier, Hussain said that the problem has compounded after the the land was mended.
“Our houses are placed lower than the main road. The whole locality gets inundated in water in rains,” said Hussain.
During the 2014 floods, Hussain said that the residential houses remained inundated in water “for 20 days”.
“We have made several representations to the authorities including the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), but to no avail,” he alleged.
The authorities, as per Hussain, had been citing “non-availability of funds”.
While the authorities had been boasting of “beautification” of Srinagar, Imtiyaz Hussain, a local said that the absence of a proper drainage system in the area “deflated their claims”.
Confirming the absence of a proper drainage system in the area, Executive Engineer Sewerage and Drainage Division 2nd Srinagar, Azad Ahmad Beigh, said a proper drainage system would be constructed in the area soon.
“I will send a team there within a couple of days to assess the scenario,” Beigh added.

 
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No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed

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Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.

In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.

Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.

 

Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.

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Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.

While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.

 

Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.

Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.

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Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others

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Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.

More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.

The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.

 

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.

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