South City areas cry discrimination
Chanapora, Rawalpora, Rangreth-Humhama locals up in arms against Govt
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Sep 24: The residents of various south City areas like Rose Lane Chanapora, Tantray Mohalla Rawal Pora and the Rangreth-Humhama stretch are up in arms against the ruling coalition saying their localities are victims of “political revenge.”
The complainants accused MLA Amira Kadal of deliberately resorting to “step-motherly treatment with the areas”. They said that only those pockets get benefited for civic development where activists of the ruling coalition live whereas other “genuine lot is neglected.”
ROSE LANE CHANAPORA
The residents said Rose Lane Chanapora, a vital road, which connects to 500 odd houses in the area has never been macadamized. “Though in the past previous regimes had been doing some minor repairs for now the road has been totally neglected. Despite repeated attempts the concerned MLA didn’t bother to visit the area,” they said.
The locals said: “Leave apart other issues, we face inconvenience in going to Masjid as the road outside it is badly damaged and remains submerged in waters.”
The residents threatened to move Court against the R&B department for not getting the road blacktopped.
“The National Conference led government has miserably failed to provide even the basic amenities like Bijli, Sadak and Paani in the City. What must be plight of rural areas?” they asked.
The residents of Tantray Mohalla, Rawal Pora said the negligence of the government towards the area has been so pathetic that “people avoid visiting the colony.”
“Roads haven’t been repaired while there is no drainage system either. As a result the sewage overflows the poor road network making the public movement difficult,” the residents said.
The Tantray Mohalla women staging protests asked the R&B department and the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to take requisite measures.
RANGRETH-HUMHAMA BELT TROUBLE
Fed up of government response to complaints from areas like Humhama, Bagh Ander, Baghwanpora, Gogo Land, Chak Vawoosa Rangreth, Omar colony and Hill View Colony, the residents have constituted a Mutahida Behbood Committee (MBC) for the area welfare and to take up issues with the concerned authorities. The MBC in a statement has lambasted state government for “failing to provide basic facilities in these areas.”
“We have pleaded before almost every minister and bureaucrat in the state for getting our problems resolved. But it seems they all have turned deaf ear to our pleas,” said Muhammad Ramzan Baba, spokesperson of the MBC.
“The SMC as has been reported by media does not look after the sanitation of most of these areas. But whenever there is any construction going on, the SMC officials pop up”, he alleged.
He said the poor sanitation could lead to health related problems in the area. Besides he said the area roads are yet to be macadamized.
The residents also complained that there are no parks or playgrounds in these areas. They also complained of poor water supply.
The residents accused the MLA of giving a deaf ear to their problems.
They appealed Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and other concerned to take cognizance of their grievances.
Despite repeated attempts the concerned MLA could not be contacted for comments. The NC spokesman Tanveer Sadiq however denied that there could be “any negligence on the part of the elected representative”.
“I don’t know about these allegations… But what I assure is that National Conference is committed to mitigate the problems of the people and we are at it 24X7,” Sadiq said.
He assured that the matter would be taken up with the concerned on priority basis.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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