Development of Srinagar marred by government’s apathy: Omar Abdullah


Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that the urban life of Srinagar city is blight with various problems, saying that neither the centre nor the state government invested in the augmentation of the urban infrastructure of the Srinagar city in the past five years.

Eleven Srinagar Municipal Cooperators joined National Conference in Presence of Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at NC party Headquarter Nawa-e-Subha in Srinagar on Tuesday. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Welcoming eleven corporators from SMC into the party fold here at Party headquarters Nawa- e- Subha, party vice president said that the city of Srinagar has fallen off from the development radar. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads.  The people of the Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government, the present governor administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city that was initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime. ”

Party vice president said that National Conference despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with the active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues; the party once in power will hold the authorities accountable. For past few years no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. We are witness to how government recklessly came up with certain projects in Srinagar which didn’t bring any respite to the city. The need of the hour, therefore, calls for proper planning to rise up to the demands of a growing population of Srinagar city.

Taking a potshot at some of the decisions taken in the previous Mufti-led government, he said, “The former BJP-PDP government recklessly displaced General Bus Stand of Batamaloo to the suburban locality of Parimpura. The decision has hampered the livelihood of many and turned out to be least fruitful towards easing the traffic situation in Srinagar. In fact, the decision has put the commuters to undue duress,” adding, “Unfortunately the proposed motorable projects connecting either sides of the Bund were also recklessly converted into footbridges. The measure many experts say was executed to serve the interests of few people.”

Omar said that the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the assembly last year in the month of June, after being shown door by its former ally, things would have been much different.  Today we would have an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” he said.

Omar said that once in power the party will put the city of Srinagar on the track of eco-friendly and sustainable development. “There is much to do in terms of job creation, traffic management, urban housing, beautification, and environment fronts in the city. Once in power the party will immediately swing into action and provide for the development needs of the Srinagar city,” he said.

Party vice president while appreciating the efforts of former Mayor of Srinagar, YNC provincial president Salman Ali Sagar for his earnest efforts towards strengthening party on grassroots said, “I am hopeful that the new entrants into the party fold will strive for the betterment civic amenities of Srinagar on one hand and on the other hand strengthen the party on grassroots. I am confident that Salman will continue with his good work towards increasing the public base of the party in Srinagar.”

On the occasion corporators Danish Bhat, Majid Shuloo, Neelofar Khan, Ghulam Nabi Sofi, Saleem Lone, Mukhtiyar Ahmad Dar, Parvez Ahmad Dar, Parvez Qadri, Umaan Shera, Zubair Fayaz, Sami Jan, Saima Jan joined the party and vowed to take make party stronger on the grassroots. The new entrants also undertook to uphold and cherish the ideals of Sher- e- Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.

Among others party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani,  senior leader Mubarak Gul, Nazir Gurezi, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Irfan Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Syed Akhoon, Tanvir Sadiq, Shammi Oberoi, Showkat Mir, Salman Ali Sagar, Er. Sabiya Qadri, Ahsan Pardesi, Mudassir Shahmiri were also present on the occasion.


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