Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti conducted a surprise inspection of various Srinagar areas late on Sunday night to "take a spot appraisal of various services delivered by the concerned departments to the city dwellers."
An official spokesman said the Chief Minister specifically checked availability and status of power supply, functioning of streetlights, cleanliness of lanes, drainage facilities in low-lying areas and other civic amenities being provided to people.
"During her surprise visit despite hail and heavy downpour, the Chief Minister visited Dalgate, Boulevard, Nishat, Hazratbal, Nigeen, Kathidarwaza, Zindashah Masjid, Rainawari, Khanyar, Nawpora, Khayam Chowk, Munawarabad, TRC, Lal Chowk, Maharaja Bazar, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh and Sonwar and checked the availability of power supply there. She also checked status of sanitation, drainage and street lighting during the two-hour inspection," the spokesman said.
Soon after the visit, the Chief Minister convened a meeting of senior officers dealing with city administration and expressed dismay over "poor service delivery of civic amenities" in some areas. She also expressed her displeasure over non-functioning of streetlights in many areas and directed urgent repairing of the damaged streetlights and installation of high-mast lights at major junctions or 'chowks' and busy areas. She also directed regular and routine cleaning of drains, roads and lanes in the city and proper dumping of waste.
"The Chief Minister categorically directed the concerned officers to improve upon civic amenities and other facilities provided by the Government and directed the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar to conduct regular visits to city areas to check that the services are delivered to people both quantitatively and qualitatively," the spokesman said.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, SJM Gillani; Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone; Vice-Chairman, SDA, Tehseen Mustafa; Chief Engineer, PDD, Shahnaz Goni; Commissioner SMC, Dr Shafqat Khan and other officers were present in the meeting.