Tourism Park at Ningli in shambles, courtesy official apathy

Official claims about tourism promotion notwithstanding, the Tourism Park at Ningli here developed by Wular and Manasbal Development Authority is in shambles even as major portion of the project was completed in 2013.
Tourism Park at Ningli in shambles, courtesy official apathy
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Official claims about tourism promotion notwithstanding, the Tourism Park at Ningli here developed by Wular and Manasbal Development Authority is in shambles even as major portion of the project was completed in 2013.

The project comprising two huts, cafeteria, shutter places and some shops, according to locals has become a nuisance for the locals. 

Locals complained that the huts inside the Park "are being used for anti-social activities like gambling, drugging and other immoral activities"

"The place has become a hub of anti-social activities as there is nobody for the watch and ward of the place," Muhammad Yousuf, a resident of nearby Hygham village said.

The construction work of the Park was started under a central project by Wular and Manasbal Development Authority at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore.  The work was allotted to SICOP in 2012.

Locals said the Development Authority concerned has abandoned this park. "The place would have been centre of attraction for tourists and locals as well had it been fully developed and looked after properly by the Authority."

Locals alleged the Authority is not paying due attention towards the park. "The construction of huts was completed in 2013. Since then it has been abandoned by the Authority," they said.

The locals the Authority even failed to drain out the floodwaters from the park after September 2014 floods.

CEO Wular-Manasbal Development Authority, Abdul Majeed Khan however blamed the SICOP for "not completing the work." 

"Lot of work is pending as 20 to 25 components are yet to be constructed inside the Park which includes huts, craft centre and fencing," he said.

Khan said the complete funds have also not been released by central government under CFA to carry out the remaining construction work.

On watch and ward of the Park, he said the SICOP is yet to hand over the Park to the Authority because the work has not been completed fully. "When it's handed over to us only then we can look after it."

Meanwhile, locals also appealed to the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who also holds the charge of Tourism department and Tourism Secretary, to personally look into the matter.

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