Giving a push to the upgradation of infrastructure facilities in Srinagar, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today laid the foundation of two major parking facilities in the city centre which are set to ease the problem of traffic congestion by a great measure in the summer capital.
The Chief Minister laid the foundation of multi-level parking complex at Sheikhbagh and Old State Motor Garages complex which, on completion, would provide a total parking facility for around 1100 vehicles. The two projects are expected to cost Rs 55 crore and would be completed within two years.
The ramp type six floor parking facilities at Lal Chowk would be of major relief to the commuters, shopkeepers and those visiting the city centre. Multi-level car parking there was a persistent demand of the people as the same would help in ensuring congestion free traffic movement through the city.
Interacting with people after laying the foundations, the Chief Minister said Srinagar holds huge tourist retention potential and for that her Government has decided to upgrade the civic and other facilities in the summer capital.
She said given the fact that many heritage places and shrines exist in the city besides other attractions, it can be made a tourist stop over after operationalizing these upgraded facilities.
Mehbooba Mufti said Old City Srinagar, popularly known as Shaher-e-Khaas holds a special historic significance and regretted that it had "to bear the brunt of turmoil of past three decades."
She said many developmental projects have been thought of to make up for the same. She said given the congestion at the place, housing pattern in downtown Srinagar would be given a new look so that people living there would not have to shift from their place.
Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash; MLC, Khursheed Alam; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; IGP Kashmir zone, SJM Gillani; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone; Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Tehseen Mustafa; officers of divisional and district administration and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of upgraded Magam-Beerwah-Budgam road which would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 31.82 crore. The ambitious 31 kilometre connectivity project, which includes many RCC culverts and extension of Nasrullah Pora Bridge, would link many tourist destinations in the region with the national highway.
The Chief Minister fixed the deadline of one year for the completion of the project and asked the concerned Department to ensure that the completion deadlines are met.