Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar today expressed dismay over the transfer of 60 kanals of land to CRPF at Zakura here, saying that “the buildup will affect civilian activities”
“The urban life of Srinagar is already under duress. Services that are hall mark of the urban areas across the globe are yet to be made available to the people of Srinagar. The city is already facing land crunch for the development of various facilities to manage the gigantic load of solid waste. The move of transferring land to CRPF will further dent development activities including that of waste management projects in the city,” Sagar, in a statement today, said, while censuring the governor administration for transferring the land to CRPF.
“Having a massive chunk of land under security forces will inadvertently put pressure on ecology of wetlands and lakes as people will eventually take over eco-fragile zones of Srinagar,” he said.
“The move is imprudent and bound to affect the long term strategy of state government to provide for the mounting demands of the ever growing population of the city. It will also dent the long term efforts of the state government to make use of the urban periphery of Srinagar for civilian purposes,” he added.
Terming the step as regressive, Sagar said, “at a time when governments around the world are thinking of providing eco-friendly services of connectivity, housing, garbage waste management, besides maintaining the cultural landscape of the cities, our government is on a regressive mode. It is gobbling the already provided space for unproductive measures.”
He said, “nobody is belittling the importance of security but the step should have been taken after taking into consideration various agencies that upkeep and look after the infrastructure and transportation of the Srinagar city.”