SRINAGAR Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday stressed upon the concerned authorities to speed up the rehabilitation process and clear the pending cases immediately so that the widening work of the city roads takes place at earliest for the benefit of commuters besides ensuring smooth traffic management in Srinagar.
The Divisional Commissioner made these remarks while chairing 249th High-Level Committee (HLC) meeting of Circular Road (CR) project regarding the cash compensation to the beneficiaries whose structures came under the CR Project.
The meeting took a comprehensive review of progress of acquisition on the widening of Fateh Kadal-Habba Kadal via Malpora, New Zaina Kadal-Old Zaina Kadal via Sabni Kocha, Pantha Chowk-Zewan junction-Sempora, Tankipora-Zaindar Mohalla and Jamallata-Aalikadal roads.
Removal of critical bottlenecks at Naqashpora junction on western foreshore road, Nawa Kadal Bridge, Shalla Kadal, Karfalli Mohalla on Kani Kadal-Khanwari Road and Shah Mohalla Nawab Bazar on Syed Mansoor Nawab Bazar roads were also reviewed for the acquisition process.
During the meeting, cash compensation in lieu of plots and shops was approved in various cases in favour of affected families whose structures come under the Circular Road Project.
The cash compensation was given to the families as per the field verification, submission of Aadhaar cards and other requisite formalities.
The Divisional Commissioner directed R&B engineers to demolish those structures immediately whose owners have received compensation.
Later, expansion of Peer Dastigeer Sahab Shrine at Khanyar, community centre at Drabyar and allotment of shops in SMC shopping complex at Khayam to the dislocated shopkeepers of Syed Meerak Shah and Khanyar-Zadibal-Pandach roads were discussed threadbare in the meeting.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Additional District Development Commissioner Srinagar K K Sidha, Superintending Engineer R&B, Collector R&B, Executive Engineers of Srinagar Development Authority, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Town Planning, beneficiaries and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, an official spokesperson said, the government has set about renewing some 125 kilometres of road length in Srinagar while taking a multidimensional approach aimed at long term solutions to concerns surrounding roads in the capital district.
The targeted length includes 100 kilometres that require resurfacing and 25 kilometres which require full macadamisation. It stretches across different kinds of roads including the national highway road and major and interior roads of the district.
Contractors’ strike held up restoration work on roads in the district but about 50 percent of the total targeted work has been completed since work was started in June.
These include a range of important roads including MA Road and IG Road in Tehsil South, Batamaloo-Parimpora road and Bemina road in Tehsil Shalteng, Natipora road and Chanapora-Chrarisharief road in Tehsil Chanpora, North Foreshore Road and Nishat-Shalimar road in Tehsil Harwan and the North South Corridor.
These also include various major roads in the old city including Eidgah road, Ali Jan Road, Khanyar-Zadibal-Pandach road, Nalamar Road, Syed Merak Shah Road and Baghi Ali Mardan Road.
The roads which require full macadamisation and where work has been started include Zero Bridge-IG Road via Kursoo, Zewan-Khonmoh Road, Shala Naseem Road and Boulevard Road from Nehru Park to Kralsangri.
Drainage deficit running into over 50 percent with a shortfall of around 600 kilometres for which haphazard establishment of residential colonies and their mushroom growth is responsible and which leads to road damages from frequent water-logging as a result is also being addressed as part of the multidimensional approach to improve road condition as a longterm solution in the district.
The district administration has released five crore rupees to concerned executing agencies to strengthen the drainage network at major locations of concern. Liberal government funding is expected soon to address the problem once and for all.
In addition to this various other measures are being taken as part of the said efforts. Critical bottlenecks at different places across the Srinagar city are being removed for which about 20 crore rupees have been released to the concerned. This is alongside a host of important road expansion projects worth an aggregate of about 800 crore rupees for which funding is being released as acquired for taking up execution.