It seems things have started moving finally, at least expression of seriousness to take development of Srinagar seriously has come. The assurance has come from none other than Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who on Wednesday directed officials and executing agencies to complete works on fast-track and within the deadline in the city.
After being declared as fourth dirtiest city of the country figuring at number 420 and Hindustan Times too running a campaign highlighting grey development areas and dilapidated roads, Srinagar authorities and rulers are coming out of the slumber.
“All works should be completed within the fixed time line. And address the inconvenience caused due to laying of pipes for drainage and sewerage systems in the city,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told senior Roads and Buildings officials, besides the officials representing other executing agancies.
The Chief Minister, who toured “dirties city’s” downtown area of Zadibal and Hawal, pledged to review the entire gambit of works in the city at a high level meeting soon.
“Men and machinery geared up at all levels is to ensure benefits to people,” said Abdullah, who inspected laying of sewerage pipe line from Sadarbal to Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan. He also took a look of road condition Hawal-Islamia College stretch, where roads are dug up for the last two years.
Disappointed by the condition of roads, the Chief Minister directed the R&B Department to start immediate repairs wherever required to enable smooth ply of traffic.
A team of engineers and district officers, concerned with the city development works, were present during the tour. The Chief Minister was briefed about the status of different works.
“The officers should make public service bench mark of their functioning and stick to the completion of development works according to the scheduled and targeted time frame, utilizing funds judiciously and maintaining the quality,” said the Chief Minister.
He toured many areas, which HT series ‘What turns Srinagar Ugly’ mentioned in it, that included Sadarbal, Omar Colony, Buta Shah mohalla, Lal Bazar, Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan, Gill Kadal, Shree Bhat, Khushal Sar and Hawal.