Local demolishing their residences in Pantha Chowk. Pics: Hilal A Dar

Demolition drive currently underway in Srinagar’s Pantha Chowk area Thursday gained a momentum with locals volunteering for the drive—apparently in a move to salvage something from their soon to be rubble residences.

Since Thursday morning, the locals were seen demolishing their own houses already notified by authorities for Highway widening.


Notably, the area acting as the gateway between south and central Kashmir has been in news for traffic nuisance for many years now. The jammed route would create inconvenience to people who remain stranded there for hours.

To ease the route, Mufti Sayeed-led coalition released Rs 10 crore on fast track mode to widen the Pantha Chowk stretch at outset of his second term as state’s CM—the step which was hailed.


And lately, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon reviewed compensation process to the owners of houses and shops which come under the road widening at Pantha Chowk-Zewan crossing.

Later, the DivCom office while releasing the compensation figures informed that more than Rs one crore has been released in favour of the beneficiaries.

While complying order shot by DivCom office—asking the property holders to remove immediately their structures, many locals in a damp Thursday volunteered for the move aimed to streamline the traffic.


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