Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Sunday expressed resentment over paucity of civic amenities and appalling condition of roads in the summer capital saying it “debunks the tall claims of incumbent Governor administration on providing basic and effective amenities to the people of Srinagar.”
“The incumbent governor administration has miserably failed to rise up to the development demands of Srinagar. The government had claimed that RS 8000 crores have been earmarked for development of Srinagar city. We had sent 8 projects from this segment for the government’s approval, but so far there has been no headway in that direction.,” Sagar, according to party statement, said addressing people while touring localities of Khanyar constituency.
Elaborating, he said “similarly my colleagues had also sought approval for various projects in their respective constituencies. However our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears. We didn’t see the incumbent governor administration invest in the vital projects of Srinagar.”
“The urban life of Srinagar city is beseeching for basic amenities. The city roads, inner routes and alleys are dotted with potholes. There has been no advance towards upgrading the existing infrastructure. The street lights are non-operational on various arterials. The work on various community halls and vital projects has been held up as well. The pitiable condition of city infrastructure deflates the tall claims of incumbent governor administration as far as development is concerned,” he said.
The statement said Sagar made stopovers at various localities in Khanyar constituency and interacted with the people who apprised him about the paucity of commodities in the city. “People are hankering for sugar and other items. The administration has failed to maintain price stability in Srinagar city. In our times, we used to deploy flying squads to check the price rise and other irregularities including black marketing. The festivities of Ramadhan have been dampened by the rampant scarcity of mutton and other edibles. The sky rocketing prices of essential commodities is also adding to the mounting woes of people,” he said.
“The people have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on ground. The laid back attitude of the incumbent administration has aggravated the people who don’t know where to turn to for help. If this is the condition in the capital city of Srinagar, one can better gauge what the people living in other areas must be going through,” he said.
Hitting out at the administration for what he said “its antipathy” for Srinagar, he said, “I have doled out funds for the up gradation and beautification of ghats, street lights in my constituency from my Constituency development fund. Due to model code of conduct in place, the funds could not be utilized, however I hope that the concerned agencies will ensure that the funds are utilized now in a stipulated period of time.”