Taking undue advantage of unrest in Kashmir, illegal constructions by unscrupulous people are in going on full swing across Srinagar city.
While Srinagar has turned into epicenter of protests following civilian killings by forces, unscrupulous persons are undertaking constructions of structures mostly commercial in the residential areas in violation of set prescribed rules.
Reports said large scale construction work is going on at various places including Ahmednagar, Tailbal, Saida Kadal, Bypass, Harwan, Nigeen, Nishat, Shalimar, Kanitar, Rainawari , Soura , Bemina, and Ali Jan road
"Authorities are in slumber as unscrupulous persons are taking advantage of the prevalent situation by raising illegal constructions," said a local at Dr. Ali Jan road where a large number of structures are coming up amidst restrictions.
The locals from other areas said that the unscrupulous persons ferry construction material during night hours and dump it. "While the work is being done during day time when the city remains under restrictions or there are protests going on. Raising of commercial structures in residential colonies is menace which society should act against," they said.
Another youth from Rainawari informed said constructions are coming up in areas such as Saida Kadal, interiors of Dal Lake where the government has prohibited constructional activities.
Even on the outskirts of Srinagar such as Soura unscrupulous persons are raising illegal constructions.
Officials sources informed that at most of the places illegal constructions are going on in "connivance with the enforcement officials".
"It has been the modus operandi of enforcement officials of SMC, LAWDA, SDA that they use these unrests to mint money from violators," they said.
Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed its Registrar Judicial to issue contempt notices against persons who have recently carried out illegal constructional activities in and around Dal Lake here.
The High Court directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to issue within two days a public notice in print and electronic media, informing all people that they will be punished for violating the court orders with regard to illegal constructional activities in Dal Lake.
The people, the court said, be also informed that any construction raised in violation of the court orders and statutes will result in their demolition.
The court asked the Registrar Judicial to issue notice to those violators through concerned police stations after he receives such information from the Divisional Commissioner.
However, a senior official of SMC decried restrictions and strikes as reason for their failure to take action against the violators.
"We will take action against the violators once the situation improves as it is difficult for us to now to demolish the illegal constructions given situation on the ground following killings," he said.