Authorities sit on encroachment of public pathway at Hyderpora

Authorities sit on encroachment of public pathway at Hyderpora
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Srinagar, Dec 8: Inhabitants of Syed Hyder Colony in Hyderpora locality here accused authorities of failing to remove encroachment from a public pathway in the area.

They said in absence of regulation, unscrupulous persons have encroached upon a portion of Astan Kul and public way by filling it and constructing structures over it. “They first filled up the portion and gradually encroached it,” said Abdul Rehman, a local.

They said a couple of residents of Naid Mohalla Hyderpora locality have blocked an age-old public thoroughfare, pathway leading to Syed Hyder Colony, and adjoining graveyard of more than 30 families.

“The 16-feet wide thoroughfare was clandestinely reduced to six-feet with incessant encroachments on the erstwhile irrigation canal and pathway running alongside it over the years on either side of the canal,” they added.

“Even as we have been crying for justice since long, none of the authorities including Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Its BOCA, Revenue Department and concerned Police didn’t took cognisance of the complaints and note of the unlawful occupation of the pathway and the irrigation canal,” they said.

They added while the Irrigation Canal was converted into a drain providing wider space for the public to pass through the lane. “But the unscrupulous persons encroached upon the widened space too.”

“Emboldened by the indifference shown by authorities, some people have now erected iron gates to completely block the thoroughfare,” they said.

The locals stressed for immediate measures to the restoration of public pathway. “The authorities must act and send a clear message that no encroachment or illegal construction will be allowed,” locals added.

SMC Chief Enforcement Officer Suhail Ahmad did not respond to repeated calls and texts to comment on the matter.

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