Srinagar Press Enclave Turns Into a Parking Lot

KL Report


Press Enclave Srinagar turns into parking lotMushtaq Ali Memorial Press Enclave in Srinagar has turned into a parking lot as scores of vehicles could be seen parked in the middle of the Enclave day in and day out thus putting media persons to lot of trouble.

Srinagar’s Press Enclave houses the offices and sub-offices of various local, national, and international news organizations and all the journalists working for these organizations have been facing a lot inconvenience. The Enclave has not only turned into a parking lot but hawkers and kiosks have encroached upon a chunk of the Enclave. Administration has been showing no serious concern about this mess and as a result the Journalists continue to suffer.

With the start of the day, outsiders’ leave their vehicles parked on either side of the Enclave and disappear for whole day. “I don’t understand why people don’t park their vehicles in Parking lot set up by Srinagar Development Authority. These people should be taken to task and the traffic police should seize their vehicles. Such people have become nuisance for us,” a journalist told CNS adding that every time we catch administration napping on this issue.

Scores of people who visit Estates and Industries Departments on daily basis park their vehicles in the middle of the Enclave. Inappropriate and illegal parking frequently causes traffic jams inside the Enclave. Even people who frequently visit Press Enclave to register their protest to highlight their problems find it hard to assemble at a particular place as vehicles parked randomly in the Enclave compels them to take out a march towards busy roads of Lal Chowk.

“We are sometimes unable to open the gate of our office as entire space outside our office is jam-packed with vehicles,” said an editor of a newspaper adding that even the shopkeepers instead of parking their vehicles in allotted parking lot park their vehicles in Press Enclave thus occupying the space for whole day.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Traffic City, Haseeb-ur-Rehman told CNS that he would personal look into the matter. “The situation you are portraying is really undesirable. We would look into the matter and no one would be allowed to park their vehicles illegally,” he said.


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