SRINAGAR Former Union Minister and senior congress leader, Prof Saifudidin Soz, Monday said that Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has never carried out the demolitions of illegal constructions seriously. He said that the SMC authorities have failed to launch a comprehensive drive with an invitation to the public for support. Former Congress state president, Soz, said that though the demolitions are made every year , these have always been haphazardly done constituting an eye-wash
Who doesnt know, what had been happening between, for instance, the Ward Officers and the unruly long hands, he said.
It is in public interest that I am now attempting to invite the attention of the Authority to mark a departure from adhoc measures and adopt a well-thought-out comprehensive policy on the proposed demolitions, he said.
The best method would be to publish a white paper on the illegal constructions that took place in the past and the ones that are in the process, he said.
The adhoc approach for demolitions must stop and a sound legal frame work on action against illegal constructions must be issued by the Corporation, he said.
Soz also raised questions over the violation of the master plan, and said that the illegal constructions have not been stopped. I wonder what kind of a master plan for Srinagar is envisaged when unruly and disruptive elements in society continue to indulge in violation of the rules with the connivance of the junior and the senior officers of the Corporation, he said. Former Minsters comments came close on the heels of the SMC authorities launched drives to evict the foot path vendors. Many netizens have said that the Corporation has evicted the poor people while leaving out the influential who have violated the master plan.
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