Batamaloo residents seek construction of community hall

Residents of Shah Faisalabad Batamaloo have demanded construction of community hall in the locality.

A delegation from the area led by locality president Habibullah Bhat said that more than a decade ago, government had allotted land for the community hall. He said subsequently in 2008, the then finance minister had laid foundation stone for the facility.

“Ironically work on the project is yet to start. Over the years, the project has been passed from one department to another. Earlier the project was to be executed by Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), but later the construction work was handed over to Srinagar Municipal Corporation,” Bhat said.

He said some years later, SMC transferred the land back to SDA for development of community hall “but the construction work was never taken up even as funds have been released for the project.”

“We are living in congested area and are in dire need of a community hall which could be used for marriage functions and other social events,” he said.

They said that from over last few months, locals from the area met SDA authorities who as per them assured of revisiting the case. “But nothing was done,” they said. The aggrieved residents requested Governor to look into the issue and direct the concerned authorities to complete the project at the earliest.