PDA flayed for receiving funds from SASB

Srinagar:   Downtown Contractors Association (DCA) Saturday alleged that Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) has received a huge amount from Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and has allowed the Board to maintain and construct huts for the pilgrims and labourers

They said earlier the huts used to be constructed by local contractors with their own money and accordingly the contractors used to charge SASB for this purpose.

“SASB had earlier approached Tourism department and the Board had offered Rs 97 lakh to the department with a view to construct and repair huts on their own, but the Tourism department rejected the proposal at the last minute. Now, SASB has offered huge amount to PDA and the later has allowed them to construct and repair the huts,” the contractors told said adding that this move may enable SASB to occupy all the huts once for all and it will become the property of the Board.

Terming the move of PDA as anti-people, DCA told CNS that if PDA will allow SASB to construct, maintain and repair the huts, then it will start an agitation.

Chief Executive Officer, PDA, Reyaz Ahmed told CNS that they have not secured any funds from SASB. “We use our own funds in repairing the huts while SASB has nothing to do with it,” he said. (CNS)



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