National Conference on Monday said it was highly unfortunate that the PDP-BJP Government seems to have decided to remove focus from various landmark developmental projects started by the Omar Abdullah Government in Srinagar.
It said that current Government had chosen to go slow on important road projects, road widening plans, construction of car parking spaces and the vast network of community centres in Srinagar work on which was started by the previous Government, a party statement said quoting NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.
“There can be no politics when it comes to the developmental needs of Srinagar. There are various projects of crucial importance that were started during the previous Government’s tenure and PDP-BJP Government should ensure that these projects are completed in their due time. Be it the Ram Bagh – Jehangir Chowk Flyover Project, the Pandach Road Project, the Dal Dwellers Rehabilitation Project, the Naqshband Sahab (RA) Ziyarat Road Project, the Dastageer Sahab (RA) Project or the numerous other projects started by the previous Government – the incumbent Government should ensure timely completion,” Sagar said while touring Srinagar city on Monday.
Asking the PDP-BJP Government to endeavour to get the special Rs 5000 crores funds package for the development of Srinagar that the previous Government ‘tried hard for’, the Sagar said that since PDP was in an alliance with BJP which has its government at the Centre, the party should ‘show some seriousness’ in delivering on the development front.
Meanwhile, National Conference provincial president Monday lashed out at the PDP-BJP Government for having a casual, ‘lacklustre’ approach on the Tourism front and said that tourism inflow into the State at present as compared to the same month last year had suffered a ‘significant decline’.
Wani held a detailed interaction with hoteliers, tour and travel agents and entrepreneurs from the Tourism Industry who had called on him on Monday and assured them that National Conference was committed to the growth and progress of the Tourism Sector.
“The tourism sector players complained about the State’s casual approach in dealing with the slump in tourists inflow and said their repeated pleas to the incumbent government had fallen on deaf ears. The NC Provincial President said it was the duty of the State Government to do everything possible to facilitate the survival and growth of the State’s Tourism Sector by using its offices, networks and institutions to boost tourist inflow,” the statement said.
“I’m imploring the State Government to reach out to those States within the country from where Kashmir traditionally receives the bulk of domestic tourists. The Government should send high-level delegations to these States and launch aggressive media campaign focused in these States through newspapers, local channels and FM channels to send out a positive message that Kashmir is normal and to dispel all negative propaganda by certain vested interests. This is very important given that the previous year proved to be disastrous for the Tourism Sector due to the September floods. Our hoteliers and Tourism Sector players cannot afford a slump in tourist inflow right now,” Wani added.