Infrastructure

This section profiles the infrastructure projects across various sectors and facets if life. Key to the projects is the economics and policy interventions and this section offers detailed narratives.

Kashmir’s Mask Manager

At the peak of despair when people were desperately seeking face-masks as the minimal basic defence against the crippling virus, a manufacturer revived his mask stitching activity, years after the state government had forced...

Ambulance Chasing

A decade after National Health Mission sanctioned 416 ambulances for Jammu and Kashmir, the vehicles are yet to arrive, reports Saima Bhat “Hello. Aap ka swagat hai 102 helpline mei. Hum kaisey aap ki madat...
A girl walks outside deserted Dooru hospital building. KL Image by Shah Hilal

A Model Wasted

Deep down south, the government invested heavily in creating a model health centre. As it is waiting for inauguration, part of the precious equipment has expired being used even once, in the last three...
Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar ) (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Bad Times?

In the last 40 years, the Kashmir government changed three sets of clocks on Srinagar’s landmark Ghanta Ghar, but none of them ever exhibited the real-time. Currently, the four clocks show four different timings...
Abandoned DH Pora hospital building. KL Image by Faheem Mir

Wasted Investment

In Srinagar and in Kashmir periphery, there are dozens of buildings meant to house schools, hospitals and other public facilities, which have come up at huge costs but are not in use now for...

Highway Halt

At any point of time during winters, Kashmiris form a major travelling population in this part of the world; some for tourism, some for health and mostly to avoid the harsh winter. But when...

Generational Spill Over

A Rs 2.13 crore irrigation project approved by the Planning Commission in 1979 was initiated by Sheikh Abdullah in 1981, and was about three decades later inaugurated by his grandson, Omar Abdullah, in 2009....

Old Job, New Initiative

In order to revive state’s development narrative, the governor’s administration constituted a shell company that will raise Rs 8000 crore from the market to fund all the languishing projects suffering from time and cost...

Transmission Tales

In order to ensure that the existing fragile and inadequate power transmission system to Kashmir has a backup, a REC subsidiary involved one power giant to set up a new line, along the Mughal...

Bypassing Livelihoods

As the people have started enjoying the ‘long drive’ on Kashmir’s first motorway, the alternative highway, saving time and fuel, thousands of businesses are collapsing in the town which the road bypasses. Even the...

Forlorn, Forgotten?

Karnah belt that was flattened by the October 2005, earthquake is in a deep crisis for lack of credible accessibility. Tahir Bhat had an overnight stay in the region to understand what the winter...

Devious Dispossession

At a time when the BJP-PDP government is loudly talking about the new road encircling Srinagar as a major add to manage infra-deficit, nobody in the governance circuit is trying to see the bloodless...

Missed the Bus

Not being realised by the policy makers or the stake-holders, passengers using public transport waste a part of their life in the sluggish-paced, unruly buses. It costs hugely to the overall growth, reports Umar...

Apple Eating Highway

As the government in Srinagar is gung-ho over a new highway that will traverse the foothills and connect a vast catchment, the crisis on ground is building up because the four-lane Rs 1800 crore...

Distorting Srinagar?

As Srinagar is inching towards becoming a Smart City with emphasis on heritage and tourism, a revised Master Plan has drawn a sketch of a futuristic city that impacts its historic character and encourages...

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