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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, May 25, 2013
The bastion of separatists in Kashmir and home constituency of moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has come under the focus of government's developmental plans in old city.
A government spokesman said minister for rural development and panchayati raj Ali Mohammad Sagar has asked the officers concerned to take up the beautification project of Jamia Masjid, where Mirwaiz addresses people every Friday during prayers, and its catchment areas as early as possible.

The minister was interacting with the officers during his extensive tour of the old city Srinagar here on Saturday. He was accompanied by various officers of different departments and executive officers.

While responding to the demands of locals at Mallaratta, the spokesman said the minister gave instructions to the officers concerned for preparing a detailed project report for constructing a community hall in the locality with an estimated cost of Rs. 2.5 crore. He said the government had already constructed several community halls in various parts of the city for the convenience of people. Sagar represents the Khanyar constituency of old city in state assembly.

With regard to the widening of road from BohriKadal to Pandan Nowhatta, Sagar said the government would soon take up the issue and added that the government was committed to ensuring better transport mobility in different parts of the old city.

Sagar also directed the officers to speed up the process of acquisition of shops and structures at Zana-Kadal and provide adequate compensation to the people whose properties are acquired. He said that the development of whole area is being taken up on the heritage pattern and in this regard a comprehensive project has already been made and is being executed.

"Interacting with the people during his visit to different localities, the minister said the government was committed to ensuring holistic development of Srinagar city and in this regard several projects had already been taken up in hand.

However, the minister asked people that they should not pay any heed to the divisive propaganda of certain parties who are spreading lies and selling false promises" said the spokesman.