Where is Greater Baramulla?

Project to get delayed: Officials; People concerned

ALTAF BABA

Baramulla, July 2: Execution of much-hyped “Greater Baramulla” project to develop this northern district of Jammu and Kashmir on modern lines is set to face more delay as authorities have failed to prepare on time the road map for the ambitious project.
 “The detailed project for Greater Baramulla has not been prepared yet. It will take some time,” said Khalid Muzaffar, Director, Central, Economic Reconstruction Agency.
 An Asian Development Bank funded program, Greater Baramulla is aimed at building infrastructure and creating economic opportunities for people of the district.
 Various sub-projects identified under it include construction of drainage and sewerage systems on modern lines, beautification of river Jhelum, building new roads. Besides the project envisages construction of bus stands to cater to growing traffic, setting up of industrial estate, infrastructure for water sports, cable car project and expansion of the existing eco park.
 “Even if the project is prepared in near future it will take at least three years to start its execution,” said an official.
 The inordinate delay on the project has not only invited sharp criticism from locals but apprehensions are being raised over its implementation.
 People allege the dilapidated drainage and sewerage system is causing inconvenience to them. “We fear if at all the project will see light of the day,” said Mushtaq Ahmad a local.
 His concerns were shared by another local. “The development of the Baramulla town has been shelved for years now on the pretext of the much hyped project. We continue to suffer on the developmental front,” said Nazir Ahmad, a local.  

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Jul 2011 00:00:00 IST




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