Years on, canal continues to risks Ahmed Nagar Masjid, graveyard

Locals shoot SOS, admin sleeps


Srinagar, Mar 6: For the past several years a canal flowing in the rare of Masjid Hamzah, Ahmed Nagar on the City outskirts has been risking the life and property of people. The canal is also feared to wash away a graveyard on its banks. Though the people have time and again apprized the government about the issue, response is awaited.
 At the face of it, the canal risks the Masjid foundation and adjacent graveyard, the locals have complained.
 They said the Masjid constructed some three decades ago was always at a risk because of the canal where water gushes down at high speed during wet spells. And with spring nearing fast when more rainfall is expected in the coming days, apprehensions of the local populace are on a new high.
 During spring and summers, they said, the canal level rises and waters seep into the Masjid foundation and the graveyard.
 Besides they said a “decayed wooden bridge” across the canal adds to their woes. “Some four years ago, mourners shouldering a coffin to the graveyard had a narrow escape while crossing the broken bridge,” said a resident.
 Muzaffar Ahmed a resident said they have been moving pillar to post to get their grievances redressed.
 Showing copies of official documents the locals said:
  “We, sent an application in the office of Irrigation and Flood Control (district Ganderbal) with receipt no. 1209 dated 2.7.09 with request for construction of a retaining wall and a footbridge over the canal.”
 “We persuaded the case and finally the concerned officials were kind enough to visit the spot and prepare an estimate,” they said. But the response ended with the visit.
 In 2011, Greater Kashmir highlighted the issue when the locals shot SOS to the government. But till now, the residents said, nothing was done.
 Some two years back one of the pillars of second storey veranda of the Masjid had collapsed triggering panic among the Musalees who come to the Masjid. Though the government was informed about the incident, it remained unmoved, the locals said.
  “We are more concerned about the wellbeing of the Imam Sahib because he lives just next to the Masjid… What if anything untoward happens again?” the residents argued.
 With wet spell expected anytime, they said it was the right time to get the canal and the bridge, repaired.
  “After winters the canal is usually flooded with waters and it will be very difficult to take up the works that time,” the residents.
  They appealed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to direct the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) to look into the matter at an earliest.
 Meanwhile the IFCD officials, requesting not to be named said they could not pool resources for canal repairs.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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