NC treating Srinagar as bonded territory: PDP

Mufti bashes Govt on skewed bridge, says silly project disastrous for The Bund

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Nov 11: Laced with facts and figures, the Peoples Democratic Party Sunday came down heavily on the ruling National Conference led government with the PDP patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed saying that the NC has taken Srinagar as bonded territory, which is being exploited for personal gains while the City has turned into slum.

FUNDS REDUCED
Mufti, who was addressing a party rally in Sonawar constituency, said the District Plan share of Srinagar has been “intriguingly reduced from 5.83% in 2006-07 to 3.29% in 2012-13.” “Srinagar is crumbling. 95% of City dwellings are unplanned leading to choking and other social problems with the government busy only in compromises for its survival,” he said, in  a handout.
 He said last year the government diverted funds amounting to Rs 48 crore under Central Road Fund (CRF) and none of the legislators had even raised the issue, not to speak of the Chief Minister who actually ordered it as minister incharge of R&B.
 Mufti said though the ten legislators from Srinagar and Ganderbal districts were crucial to NC’s survival in power, the party had taken the residents there for granted, considering that there would always be boycott in elections and they could run away with results in their favour.

PROJECTS DELAYED
 Mufti said instead of trying to build on the initiatives taken by the previous coalition to develop modern amenities in Srinagar the present government had either delayed their execution or shelved them altogether. Referring to the four laning of Srinagar- Jammu highway Mufti said even though it had been approved by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee it had failed to take off beyond Pantha Chowk for lack of follow up by the state government.

DISASTROUS SKEWED BRIDGE
Mufti said the new spaces created by the previous government as part of the beautification of river Jehlum had added to the beauty of the City but the NC led government failed in carrying it forward. Instead of extending the beautification program as originally envisaged it was now trying to undo it by implementing silly projects like the skewed bridge.
 He said the bridge, which has drawn huge criticism from public circles, would destroy the only pedestrian mall left in the City which had over the centuries acquired an iconic aura among tourists and travellers as The Bund Srinagar was considered as one on the most attractive addresses east of Suez. Referring to the civil society resentment against the project, he regretted that the government had overruled all sane opinion from experts and civil society in going ahead with the senseless project.

OTHER MESS
 He said the prestigious Dal project sanctioned during the previous government had made little progress and there were allegations of  targeting the poor and underprivileged people while the rich and powerful enjoying political patronage got away with brazen violations. In the party handout Mufti added that through the plans like the Asian Development Bank assistance and other multilateral and central funding the PDP led government had planned to take the City to next level of development which included a rapid transport system, proper sewerage disposal and a dependable power distribution system but that too had suffered a reversal. “Projects are now used only to provide jobs to favourites through back door while out of the seven proposed flyovers not a single had been taken in hand even though this government is now  on its last leg” Mufti said.
 Mufti said a government that is unable to even ensure the supply of unsubsidized cooking gas to consumers could achieve precious little on any front requiring proper planning, monitoring and serious execution.

DISTRICT PRESIDENT SPEAKS
 Speaking on the occasion District President and MLC Muhammad Ashraf Mir  “regretted that present regime had crossed all limits as far as corruption, favoritism and nepotism is concerned.” “The scarcity of ration, unavailability of LPG, Kerosene and other essentials added the problems of common man and the present government is napping in no-man’s land having no concern to address their problems,” he maintained.
 Others present on the occasion included Secretary Coordination Abdul Hameed Kosheen,, Aadil Jan, Vice District President Muhammad Maqbool Beig and Zone President Muhammad Shafi Mir.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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