Youth installs coloured water fountain at Budshah Bridge

‘Received cold response from authorities for over 9 years’

Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 18 2017 12:50AM | Updated Date: Oct 18 2017 12:50AM
Youth installs coloured water fountain at Budshah BridgeFile Photo

After getting cold response from authorities for past nine years, a youth Wasim Hassan Raja has finally executed his cherished project of installing coloured water fountain at Budshah Bridge here. 

31-year old Raja had to run from pillar to post from 2007 to get support for installing water fountain on either sides of Budshah Bridge also known as Alamgir Bridge. 

He said the project was demonstrated before authorities in 2007. “It was appreciated by every official,” said Raja, a post graduate student with diploma in architecture. “I completed all formalities to implement the proposal but there was no headway. I approached various departments including Public Health engineering and Roads and buildings department to get no objection certificate for the implementation of project. I got the NOCs after SMC authorities assured that they would install the fountain,” said Wasim.

He added that after few years, the “file was thrown in dustbin.” “It hurt me. In fact, it will hurt any young talent. 

I designed the project, got NOCs without demanding or charging even a single penny. I got appreciation and assurance for years together that the project will be implemented. And later, the same was thrown in dustbin,” he said.

However, he didn’t lose hope and tried to get financial help from well off persons of the Kashmir and also tried to convince local corporate houses to sponsor the project.  “I again got appreciation and assurances but no one really came forward to help me,” he said. 

As he continued his struggle for execution of project, his friend Muhammad Afzal agreed to sponsor it.

“We completed work on the fountain recently. We are happy to see how this place (Bridge) has become hub of selfie lovers after it was thrown open,” he said. 

He said the project was completed at a cost of Rs 14 lakhs. “PDD has also provided a temporary power connection in my name as electricity charges for the fountain. I recently received a bill of Rs 17000 from PDD,” he said.

Presently, the Budshah Bridge is hub for selfie lovers due to its coloured water fountain, best viewed in evening. 

The fountain sprays water into air in four different colours—green, red, blue and warm white making beautiful scene. 

Commuters said that such projects must be executed at other places also to make the city more beautiful. “This beautiful scene in evening makes us to believe as we are in some metropolitan city. We also witnessed some of the senior officials stopping here and spending movements to enjoy the beautiful look presented by coloured water fountain,” said Nazir Ahmad, a salesman in the local shop.

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