Minister for Roads and Buildings, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, on Sunday directed the concerned officials to undertake immediate restoration of Mehjoor Nagar foot-bridge
Continuing with his public-outreach initiative, Bukhari interacted with people during his extensive tour of Mehjoor Nagar, Kursoo and Rajbagh. On the occasion, the Minister assessed people's problems on account of basic facilities including roads, drainage, potable water and power supply.
The places visited by the Minister in his Amirakadal Constituency were severely affected during devastating floods last year.
Inspecting construction site of a bridge, connecting Mehjoor Nagar with Jawahar Nagar, the Minister was informed that Rs. 42 crore are being spent on this project including two grade-separators at TRC.
The Minister instructed concerned engineers to restore the footbridge which has been damaged in floods last year for convenience of students and aged persons. He directed them to restore this important connectivity on temporary basis immediately till the bridge is completed and thrown open for public.
During the visit, a large number of people met the Minister and demanded early black-topping of roads, construction of drains, upgradation of lanes, replacement of old electric poles and wires, construction of community halls besides restoration of services affected during last year's floods.
The Minister instructed concerned engineers, accompanying him, to conduct survey of these areas and frame projects so that funds could be arranged accordingly.
"Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led Government does not believe in making false promises. We will do whatever is possible within available resources. Our policy is to serve the people irrespective of their political affiliations. Serving people will remain high on the agenda of the present Government," Bukhari said.
The Minister also visited Middle School Mehjoor Nagar. The people also complained about discrepancies in disbursement of flood relief among the affected people of these areas. The Minister instructed the revenue officers, accompanying him, to re-assess the issues and address the grievances of the complainants early.
"This is a humanitarian issue and needs to be addressed sympathetically. Willful negligence on part of any official on this account will be viewed seriously," he added.
The Minister instructed the authorities of Irrigation and Flood Control and Srinagar Muncipal Corporation to deploy heavy dewatering pumps at Kursoo and other water logged areas to drain out the stagnant water before it becomes cause of any epidemics.
Besides MLA Anjum Fazili, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone besides senior officers of various departments accompanied the Minister.