THE historical Eidgah ground of Srinagar is in shambles despite government spending huge sum to in an un-organised and unplanned manner. Even water logging in the ground and in its surrounding historical Aali-Masjid still persists. The conservation of these historical assets of Kashmir under the so-called historical monument conservation plan still remains question mark.
Pertinently, civil society along with local residents of this area highlighted the issue regarding the conservation of historical Eidgah and Aali masjid time and again before the Government & Wakaf board following which Ex-chief Minister Omar Abdullah constituted a high level committee for the purpose of development of historical Eidgah and its allied revered monument Aali- Masjid. The outcome of the said framed committee resulted in some patch work and earth filling at the ground but still it could not save the ground from water logging and rain water inundates it unabatedly.
Due to timely intervention of the civil society and locals of the area and under the directions of revenue authorities encroached land was identified and to some extent was also recovered from the land mafia. Besides the civil society was earlier anguished when huge portion of historical prayer ground was ruthlessly digged (7) seven feet deep for sewer drainage without considering any other alternate way for natural outflow of water. The move was protested by the civil society but the authorities went ahead with their plan and finally after completion of this useless and wasteful expenditure the work was stopped but not before spending lakhs of rupees.
Citizens of Kashmir and civil society is aware that previously the ambitious plan for conservation of historical Eidgah ground and heritage importance Aali Masjid was taken expeditiously and it was planned segregation by dividing it into three portions in a way (Prayer- Ground) exclusively for prayers and the middle portion for sports activities. We hope that the present regime will restart work on the prestigious Eidgah and Aali Masjid as both are famed heritage symbols of Kashmir.
Here we would also like to suggest that if portion of Eidgah ground could be preserved and utilized for floriculture purposes and by growing variety of flowers it will create source of income and the existing manpower could be utilized for the said purpose and by this way chunk of vacant land could turn into visitors attraction and a source of revenue to the Government.
We hope the Chief minister would look into the matter and conservation of this heritage asset may be taken on priority for the benefit of generations to come and for maintaining ecological environmental balance of the city.