Srinagar, Apr 08: Tourists visiting the Hari Parbat Fort here feel dejected due to the time and ticket restrictions put in place for visiting the site.
The visitors said they cannot properly explore the fort due to time restrictions.
“I and my family reached the main gate of the fort in the afternoon with a desire to explore the historic site and the temple. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to stay there in the evening. The paramilitary forces asked us to return,” said Jyoti, a tourist from West Bengal.
Another tourist, Mahesh from Gujarat said he was confused about availability of tickets.
“I have heard a lot about the beauty and fresh air of the Hari Parbat Fort. I definitely wanted to visit the place. I thought the tickets to the places tickets will be available at its gate, but I had to get them from the Tourism Department’s office at TRC. It was time consuming for me,” Mahesh said.
The fort is 200 years old atop Kooh-e-Maran hill at the centre of old Srinagar.
Its first fortification and outer wall was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1590 as a part of the new capital. It never saw completion, while the fort, as it stands today, was constructed in the 19th century during the reign of Shuja Shah Durrani.
Recently, in a bid to boost tourism, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister, Tassaduq Mufti, stressed on making the fort ‘cynosure of Srinagar city’s tourist activity’.
Besides plans to maintain its rich heritage, Mufti has also directed the officials to initiate synergised efforts for the preservation and promotion of the heritage site using light and sound shows and 3D projections, as the newest attraction in Kashmir’s tourism roster.
It was thrown open in 2007 after remaining closed for around two decades.
Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Director of Tourism Department, said, “We have kept Hari Parbat open for tourists as well as locals. If there are any complaints from the tourists and visitors, I will definitely look into it.”
“Visitors can get tickets at the fort from Interpretation Centre Chatipadshahi, Rainawari, or from TRC and also travel operators,” he said.
He said the department was planning to beautify the fort on the lines of Golkonda Fort situated in the west of Hyderabad. “There is Rs 20 ticket for locals and Rs 50 ticket for non-locals,” he said.
Rajesh Yadav, PRO, Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF), said that there is a particular timing for visiting the place.
“Nobody stops the visitors but there is a timing to visit the Fort.”
“They can visit from 9am to 5pm any day. Pilgrims are visiting the Sharika Devi temple and Tourism Department has also opened up a restaurant there,” he said.
South Kashmir will teach PDP a lesson for its wrongdoings: Cong
Srinagar Apr 19: Stating that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has neglected the hardships of people during its three and half year misrule in the State, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and Party Candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, G A Mir has said South Kashmir will give a befitting reply to PDP and teach a lesson to the party this time for the loss of precious lives and injuries to thousands of youth.
He also said that people will never forgive PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the valley for the sake of getting Chief Ministerial post, but they (People) will respond by defeating this opportunist party.
Mir was addressing series of public meetings during mega road show in Shangus Assembly segment held by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, which passed through many areas in which Senior Party Leaders and workers participated and appealed people to rise to the occasion to respond to PDPs dual standards, falsehood and deceit by defeating this Party miserably in the ensuing elections.
Mir said that mood of the people in south Kashmir was indicative of PDP’s defeat in the ensuing elections and victory of Congress party with a thumping majority, for the fact, south Kashmir has experienced worst due to the lust for power, betrayal and backstabbing on the part of PDP, which will continue to remain source behind anguish and anger among the people.
Congress has the capability to bring people out of morass and fear created due to the sellout by PDP after securing votes in 2014 elections, they will never forgive PDP for the damages caused to precious lives and property, besides blinding and maiming children leading to most extremely volatile situation in the entire South Kashmir elsewhere in Kashmir valley.
Taking the opportunity of ensuring election, Mir referred to By Elections to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency and said it was the same PDP which got the polls cancelled after sensing defeat, for the fact, PDP Leadership was well aware that they would lose this seat and tactfully ensured deferent of Polls and then got these canceled under the garb of disturbing situation, rather than creating congenial atmosphere PDP played tricks and ensured cancellation of polls with the full support of Centre Govt, he said.
He said People of J&K have experienced worst, the misrule and mis governance on the part of PDP BJP Govt has pushed the state to wall, no development has taken place, rather the developmental process started by Congress Led Govt at Centre have been badly affected, only foundations stone were laid and announcements were made inorder to create a notion that unholy alliance of PDP BJP was serious about the development of the State, which was based on falsehood and lies, he said.
Mir appealed the people to ensure his victory with a thumping majority, as that will be the victory of people of South Kashmir, he added and emphasized them (people) to cast their vote in large numbers in favour of the Congress Party.
Among others who addressed the public meetings included PCC Vice Presidents Haji Abdul Rashid Dr, Gulam Nabi Monga, Ex. MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Vinod Koul, Gh. Mohi U Din Bhat, Mohd Iqbl Mir, Mushtaq Pahalgami, Block Presidents, PCC Members, DCC Members and youth leaders.
Addressing public meetings PCC Vice President Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Gulam Nabi Monga,Gulzar Ahmad Wani & Hilal Ahmad Shah said that the ensuing elections was the best opportunity to defeat the opportunist PDP which has exploited people on sensitive issues for electoral gains in 2014 Assembly elections and appealed the people to ensure victory of Gulam Ahmad Mir with a thumping majority.
PDP stumbled down under the weight of its own ‘deceit’: NC
Srinagar, Apr 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday asserted that the people of Kashmir have made it a point to punish PDP for deceiving them on the promises it made during 2014 elections saying that people are looking towards NC for taking the state towards safe shores.
Addressing a public meet at Khanabal party’s South Zone President Dr. Bashir Veeri said that there is no fondness for Mehbooba Mufti on ground and that the people of south Kashmir will never forgive her for unleashing torments on them. “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 had to go through,” he said.
Flaying Mehbooba Mufti for shedding crocodile tears on the miseries of people Veeri said, “The election time crocodile tears are political tears whose veracity is under question. Had PDP president and the Ex-Chief minister shed tears when our youth were devoured upon in 2016, it would have had any impact. One may inquire from her as to where was her concern for people when the people of Kashmir were subjected to worst of human rights violations. It was during her tenure that people were used as human shield; where her sympathy and empathy was for those who were blinded, bruised during her tenure. People are the good judge of character of PDP and its stint in power,” he said.
“When enjoying the benefits of power, she had bolted her mouth. People who voted for her, and reposed their faith in 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 coffee 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 at. 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.
Veeri said that had BJP not pulled Chair she would have been sitting with them until now “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. There is nothing which suggests that she won’t join hands with the BJP in the future also. Moreover PDP is still in a tacit alliance with BJP; the way PDP supported BJP’s candidate for the post of deputy chairman of Lok 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, GST 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?”
Veeri said that National conference is the only party that boasts a panacea for the state’s problems. “Once in power we will make amends to the wrongs committed by the PDP-BJP combine. We will embalm the people who suffered at the hands of PDP-BJP. Besides that our leadership has already undertaken to do away with the anti-youth job policy SR0-202, and Public safety act.”
Among others district President Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Kaloo, District president Kulgam Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, provincial vice president Dr. Muhammad Shafi, Farooq Shah also addressed the people and sought support for party’s candidate for Anantnag Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi.
700 girls in Srinagar provided assistance under SMAS
Srinagar, Apr 19: More than 700 girls in Srinagar have been provided with the financial assistance for marriage under State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS), officials said on Friday.
In 2015, the government launched two schemes – State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and HUNAR scheme – for poor and destitute girls of the state.
SMAS was meant for unmarried girls of the state living below the poverty line who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints.
The Srinagar administration, these days, is surveying various areas of Srinagar to identify unmarried girls, who cannot afford their marriage expenses and enlist them for the allowance at the time of their marriage.
Under SMAS, the eligible girl would receive one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and cost of 5 gms of gold.
“Since the survey was conducted in 2015, over 10,000 girls have already been listed for the scheme and out of which more than 700 girls have been given allowances at the time of their marriage,” Ajaz Ahmad, Senior Assistant at the district office, Social welfare Department told The Kashmir Monitor,
Ajaz said that the remaining cases have not approached them since they are yet to get married or are still pursuing their studies.
“30 more girls have approached this year out of previously registered cases as they are going to get married this year,” Ajaz said adding the existing forms will be rechecked and sent to the Finance department who will credit the money to the respective bank accounts.
Areas that have been surveyed including Arampora, Eidgah, Kawdara, Rajouri Kadal, Zadibal, Hawal, Lal Bazar, Khanyar, Palpora and Nowhatta.