‘Augment basic facilities in Downtown’

Shaher-e-Khaas traders urge authorities
"There are no public toilets. Footpaths and roads are dilapidated. Historic places like Zaina Kadal, Maharaj Gunj and Jamia Masjid are thronged by visitors from various states and countries. Lack of basic facilities gives wrong impression to visitors."
"There are no public toilets. Footpaths and roads are dilapidated. Historic places like Zaina Kadal, Maharaj Gunj and Jamia Masjid are thronged by visitors from various states and countries. Lack of basic facilities gives wrong impression to visitors." File/ GK

Srinagar: Traders of Shaher-e-Khaas have demanded upgradation of basic facilities in Downtown areas.

‘Shaher-e-Khaas has lost its glory. There are no parking facilities. It also lacks proper garbage disposal and drainage system. Work on several development works has been stalled,” said chairman Shahar-e-Khaas Traders Coordination Committee Nazir Ahmad Shah.

“Shaher-e-Khaas has been totally neglected. Stray dogs have made lives of people miserable. There are no public toilets. Footpaths and roads are dilapidated. Historic places like Zaina Kadal, Maharaj Gunj and Jamia Masjid are thronged by visitors from various states and countries. Lack of basic facilities gives wrong impression to visitors,” he said.

Shah said traders and locals have been cooperating with authorities for development of Shaher-e-Khaas. “But these development plans are confined to official files only. Shaher-e-Khaas looks like a primitive area in absence of development. It seems Smart City projects are only for uptown posh areas,” he said.

Shah urged authorities to augment basic facilities in Shaher-e-Khaas and keep special budget for its development. “We urge authorities to restore pristine glory of Shaher-e-Khaas,” he added.

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