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About Srinagar
Srinagar is a city and summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state (Jammu is the winter capital) in northern India, in the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent. The city lies along the banks of the Jhelum River at an elevation of 5,200 feet (1,600 metres) in the Valley of Kashmir.

Situated amid clear lakes and lofty, forested mountains, Srinagar has long had a considerable tourist economy. Along its course through the city, the Jhelum River is spanned by several wooden bridges, and numerous adjacent canals and waterways abound with shikara, the gondolas of Kashmir. Srinagar is well known for its many mosques and temples; the Hazratbal Mosque contains a hair that reportedly belonged to the Prophet Muhammad, and the Jāmiʿ Masjid (Congregational Mosque), built in the 15th century, is said to be the largest mosque in Kashmir. Dal Lake, with its “floating gardens,” is a well-known attraction, as are the nearby Shalimar and Nishat gardens.

Srinagar’s industries include carpet and silk mills, silverware and copperware manufacture, leatherworking, and wood carving. The University of Kashmir (1948) is in the city, as is the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir (1982). Regular flights connect Srinagar with Delhi and Amritsar. Not far from Srinagar is the town of Gulmarg, the “Meadow of Flowers,” at an elevation of about 8,500 feet (2,600 metres). It affords magnificent views of the Vale of Kashmir and of Nanga Parbat, which at 26,660 feet (8,126 metres) is one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. The Vale of Kashmir contains the area’s most fertile agricultural land and is one of the most densely populated parts of the Kashmir region. Pop. (2001) 898,440.

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Unplanned JCRB flyover work takes City traffic hostage
Srinagar, Aug 3: A main cause of traffic jams –furthering with each passing day in the City –is the allegedly unplanned work on the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh(JCRB) flyover –a 36-month project started after three long years of delay.

Restricting traffic on the main artery –the JCRB route –that connects City center with south Srinagar, and south and central Kashmir, in the absence of proper alternative route plans, belies the tall claims of the government on preparedness for its “prestigious project”. Sources for three years, the administration did little or nothing to properly plan route diversions till the work was finally started.
Since earlier this year thousands of vehicles are forced to drive down congested diversions even as new restrictions are in the offing. This is affecting traffic regulation in the City centre from three sides: Jehangir Chowk, Batamaloo and the TRC -Abdullah Bridge junction. But the funny aspect first, read on:

The vehicles driving down from the City center to south are diverted via Jawahar Nagar bund-Ram Bagh route. Near the Jawahar Nagar bund crossing, is the Mehjoor Nagar bridge, which connects to the other side of the flood spill channel and areas like Padhshahi Bagh and Mehjoor Nagar. The bridge has been officially declared unsafe by the R&B department.
But as an alternative what the divisional administration is coming up with, is a makeshift low-lying bridge technically called Vented Causeway that will obviously get flooded with any rise in water levels meaning that risk-prone Mehjoor Nagar would be the only access during flood threats.
“This means during flood threats when the makeshift bridge will be submerged, commuters will have only one option which is unsafe Mehjoor Nagar bridge,” said an R&B official asking not to be identified.
The other side of the bund road towards Mehjoor Nagar is feared to be equally disastrous. On January 31, 2014 when the administration unveiled its traffic diversion plans, the then Regional Transport Officer(RTO) Muhammad Anees had minced no words to caution civil society and media that “some patches of the diversion route along bund were risk-prone.” This too was allegedly ignored.

The government had banked on Batamaloo route to be corridor for movement of vehicles towards south City, other districts and even the Srinagar International Airport. But this route is facing worst of the jams amid pavement vending, roadside repairs of vehicles at automobile workshops in the busy area and other congestion. The blind curves along the Mominabad road are again a problem.
Here the civil administration looks more responsible for the mess as the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and the Revenue officials have failed to remove the impediments, including some allegedly illegal transport agency hutments.

On the other hand traffic police continues to be staff-starved. As against requirement of 1000 odd cops, mere 250 of them on an average man City roads. Much against the need of 50 cops, the Batamaloo-Mominabad route is void of traffic police.

Jawahar Nagar route on the other hand, is equally congested where roadside parking of vehicles, display of goods by shopkeepers and pavement vending, as per locals, was never checked.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation Media Head Farhan Kitab who lives on the route is one of the aggrieved complainants. “This flyover work seems to be half baked idea which lacks planning and has taken the residents of areas like Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar and Gogji Bagh for a ride,” he said adding that there was threat to life and property of people because of heavy vehicular rush through residential colony.

Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic Haseeb Ur Rehman said the “mega developments of public benefit come at a cost.” “For a convenient drive in future, people have to bear with such situations during project execution,” he said even as he appealed the commuters to co-operate with the administration. “Moreover we are trying our best to ensure smooth regulation of traffic,” he said.

In December 2009, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had announced that this expressway would be constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crores but within three years. In reality, the paperwork alone took more than three years and the work was started on September 28, 2013. The Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) is executing the Asian Development Bank funded project.

Topsy-Turvy plans
While Mehjoor Nagar bridge is already unsafe, adjacently, a makeshift low lying bridge has been constructed that won’t be of any help during the flood threats
The Bund towards Mehjoor Nagar side has already been declared unsafe by the RTO but the authorities continue to bank on it for traffic routing during the flyover construction

The Batamaloo-Mominabad route was slated to be decongested on priority as the main link to south City and the Srinagar International Airport but efforts proved cosmetic

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Srinagar city craving for basic amenities, modernization: Bukhari
Stating that Srinagar city was given neglectful treatment by the ruling dispensation mainly during the last over five and a half years, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and party candidate for Amirakadl constituency Syed Altaf Bukhari has said the systematic neglect and mis-governance have taken toll of the citizens of this historic city.

Addressing a workers meeting at Barzulla here, Bukhari said that people of Srinagar especially the inhabitants of Amirakadl constituency are facing huge problems both social and civic. “While unemployment is a big problem, dilapidated roads and lanes, bad sanitation and drainage is troubling citizens regularly,” he observed.

Bukhari remarked that Srinagar city considered to be National Conference strong hold hardly gives a feel of any modern city and there is an urban chaos everywhere because of the NC’s misrule and administrative inertia.

“Despite all eight MLAs from Srinagar city belonging to the ruling National Conference, the people of this city have been neglected to the hilt. People crave for round the clock drinking water supply, electricity, smooth road communication, quality healthcare, good education and recreation for children,” he added.

The PDP senior leader observed that people of Srinagar bore the maximum brunt of summer agitation of 2010 wherein most of the young men either fell to the bullets of Omar Abdullah’s government or FIRs were lodged against them. “People are yet to reconcile with the level of atrocities perpetrated on them by the ruling National Conference,” Bukhari added.

Urging the youth to spearhead the movement for change, the PDP leader said the youth has become the biggest victim of tyrannical policies of NC led Government and besides getting victimized collectively by the repressive policies of the present dispensation, the youth are being subjected to economic subjugation by depriving them the opportunities of employment and other income-generating avenues.

Bukhari said the present dispensation has been involved in corrupting institutions of probity, fairness and accountability besides degrading the integrity of recruitment agencies in the state. “This degradation of institutions has pushed the youth into a perpetual state of despair and uncertainty. And through these devious means the National Conference wants to push Kashmiris into perpetual political enslavement and to satiate its lust for power,” he observed.

He said NC having realized that it has lost the public support and its survival is solely dependent on political machinations, Bukhari appealed people to remain vigilant against the political maneuverings ahead of assembly elections.

The PDP candidate for Amirakadl constituency maintained that people are fed up with the insensitivity of NC led regime and would respond appropriately to this feeling of utter neglect in the upcoming polls by casting their ballot in favour of PDP. “One feels pity for this regime that has failed to settle cases of relief in favour of families who lost their near and dear ones in summer unrest of 2010. What adds to the sufferings and misery of these families is that they are being pushed from pillar to post for their entitlements under law,” Bukhari remarked.

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Omar inaugurates pathway developed by JK Bank at Srinagar Airport

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah along J&K Bank Chairman, Mushtaq Ahmad Sunday inaugurated a pathway at Srinagar Airport developed by the Bank under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The bank under CSR took the project (landscaping and maintenance) in hand a year ago bearing a capital cost of Rs.2.11 Crore and total recurring cost of Rs.4.25 lac per month on its maintenance.

The total length of the stretch is 1072 meters, with landscaping area being 53 kanal with 6 kanals of area under flower beds and turf laid over 40 kanals.

The pathway till now has been landscaped at a cost of over Rs.1.50 crore by the Bank.

Omer appreciated the bank’s intervention of beautification of the road connecting to the main airport building and the drop-gate.
Omer highlighted the need for expansion of CSR by the bank.

Commenting on the intervention in landscaping and maintaining the pathway at the airport, CEO Mushtaq said, “It was disheartening to see this poorly maintained pathway a year ago, even as there was scope to develop and beautify this stretch with decorative flora and fauna on both sides. We offered landscaping and maintenance support of this road to the airport authorities and the result is before you.”

Meanwhile, the chairman disclosed that the bank is contemplating to expand its CSR programme in a big way in J&K State. Now that the scope of CSR policy has widened immensely we have also broadened our agenda for deeper impact in the societies we operate in, he said.
“With a clear understanding of the social, economic and cultural geography of this region, our endeavour is to go beyond the narrative of philanthropic symbolism. This is being done by practically aligning the CSR policy with the bank’s vision of peoples’ empowerment through servant leadership,” he said.

Notably, conscious of the importance of healthy environment, the bank reinforces its commitment to promote and propagate the cause of clean environment.

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Minister takes stock of state run commercial complexes
Jehangir, Ram Bagh shopping centres to come up soon

Srinagar, August 04: Minister for Roads & Buildings and Mechanical Engineering Abdul Majid Wani today visited Shopping-cum-Commercial Complexes at Jehangir Chowk and RamBagh, Srinagar and took stock of pace of work on these complexes coming up for the rehabilitation of shop owners displaced due to construction of flyover from Jehangir Chowk to Ram Bagh. The works on both the complexes stands almost completed and are ready for inauguration.

Briefing about the status of construction work on the Complex, the Minister was informed that the 5 storey building at Jehangir Chowk was coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 48.93 crore. The complex with 13,197 sqms built up area would have 120 shops, adding that 68 shops have been handed over to SMC, while as 16 shops to Estates and 36 shops to Handicrafts stand handed over respectively.

Referring to Ram Bagh Complex, the Minister was informed that 4 storey building is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 49.52 crore. The complex with 9672 sqms built up area has 152 shops, 2000 sqms office space and parking space for 72 vehicles in the basement.

The Minister directed the executing agency for accelerating the pace of work ensuring completion of pending work for early inauguration.
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Gul tours Eidgah, Takes stock of Dev project
Srinagar, August 04: Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker, Mubarak Gul today took stock of various developmental works undergoing in Eidgah Constituency undertaken by various departments like Health, R&B, PDD and other special works under the supervision of the Housing Department, Tourism Department, JKPCC, Truck Terminal Division, etc.

Commissioner Secretary Health & Medical Education, Chief Engineer R&B, Chief Engineer PDD, GM, JKPCC, Director Planning and Development Department, the concerned executive engineers and the Joint Directors of planning and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.

The Speaker released Rs 3.8 Crore for the development works under going in the constituency for the speedy completion of the works.
While stressing on accelerating work towards commissioning of Noorbagh Maternity and Child Care Hospital, the speaker said the that the Hospital should be provided with all necessary equipments, water connections, completion & up gradation of the approach roads etc on war footing basis. It was decided to allocate one ambulance for the MCH, Noorabagh immediately.

Matters pertaining to PHC Sangam, upgradation of the Sub-centre Charamgari Mohalla, construction of the Health Centre at Rakh (SDA) Colony were also taken up besides establishment of ISM units at Goorgari Mohalla and Gassi Mohalla were also discussed in the meeting.
In the PDD sector, it was directed that all the poles which have been already erected in the area like Wani Mohallah, Rather Mohalla Shunglipora etc should be wired and process completed at the earliest, including repair of damaged transformers and up-gradation of the transformer at various identified places.

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Shamima tours City, Announces Rs. 20 lakh for construction, repair of lanes, drains
Srinagar, August 04: Chairperson Commission for Women, Shamima Firdous today conducted extensive tour of Habakadal Constituency and took stock of the pace of developmental activities being carried out there under various sectors.

While touring, the Chairperson visited Ganpatyar, Habakadal, Kharyar, Mallayaar, Badhyarbala, Kaka road Nai Sharak, Bashambar Nagar, Bilal Colony, Khayam road.

Taking stock of the pace of work on Primary Health Centre Habakadal, she directed the executing agency to accelerate the pace of work ensuring its timely completion. She also asked the PHE and PDD authorities for laying water pipes, removal of worn-out poles and repair of LT lines of the area.

Shamim Firdous announced Rs. 20 lakh out of her CDF for the construction and repair of lanes and drains in the area. Various individuals and deputations also met Shamim Firdous during the tour and apprised her about their developmental needs.

Among others, the officers of PHE, Power, SMC, Roads & Buildings and Housing accompanied the Chairperson.

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Over 10,000 Dal dwellers to be shifted soon, Govt works out a revised package for the dwellers: VC LAWDA
Srinagar, August 4: The Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has worked out a revised package to move out over 10,000 dwellers from around the lake to Bemina, Rising Kashmir learnt Monday.

Talking to this newspaper, Vice Chairman, LAWDA, Irfan Yasin, said that the government has increased the compensation package for the Dal dwellers to shift them to Rakhi Arth colony in Bemina.

A revised package of nearly Rs 300 crore to rehabilitate the inhabitants around the lake will be implemented in a 3-year time,” he said. “In the revised package the plot size of the land that will be given to the Dal-dwellers has been increased from 5 to 7 Marlas and the exercise will help in the conservation of Dal lake,” he said.

Earlier the inhabitants have been resisting their shifting opposing that their livelihood will get hit due to the shifting from around the vicinity of the Lake and had asked for increasing the compensation plan for them. Yaseen said that the assessment of the dwelling units of the people will be done on the new scheduled rates that have been worked out by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department here.

“We are assessing the property value of the people who will be shifted from around the vicinity of the lake,” he said. He also added that as a conservation measure the LAWDA is also planning to move some 386 Dal inhabitants to the area within the Dal lake at Dole Demb where the facility to treat the sewage that is generated from the house boats will be made functional for restoration of the lake. “ These initiatives are part of the plan to conserve the lake which as per our survey is spread over an area of 25 square kilometer.’’

Yaseen said that as a means to protect the livelihood of the people who will be shifted from the Dal lake, the government has also plans to construct a shopping complex at Bemina where the “ people who will be shifted will be given shops to earn their living.”

“We are implementing the entire plan which will ensure that the aesthetic value of the Lake is restored,” he said.
SMC launches drive for removal of illegal occupancy in City, ‘Foot paths, roads to get cleared’
Srinagar, Aug 04: In order to keep the foot paths and roads free of illegal occupancy for the smooth movement of pedestrians and vehicular traffic and to curb the menace of wrong parking, SMC today launched a special anti encroachment drive.

On the instructions of the Commissioner, SMC G.N Qasba, a team of Municipal Officers/ Officials under the supervision of Chief Enforcement Officer, Nissar Ahmed Shah visited the busy market places of Karan Nagar, Batmaloo Yard, Jahangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Old KMD Yard and Dalgate wherefrom street vendors were removed.

During the drive all the wrongly parked vehicles were identified and were pasted with stickers which will be dealt with by the traffic Department and goods for sale on roads and foot paths were confiscated on spot.

All concerned are cautioned to desist from such practice otherwise they shall be brought to book and shall be personally responsible for such loss.

The drive shall be a continued process and it will be extended to shaheri- Khas besides civil line areas said Commissioner SMC.

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Govt mulls installing GPS in all commercial vehicles

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 0:05
Government is contemplating to install Global Positioning System (GPS) in all commercial vehicles to check violations like overloading, over-speeding and flouting of route permits.

“All types of commercial vehicle operators will have to install GPS in their vehicles in the state shortly. The initiative is being taken to ensure safety and security of passengers,” a spokesman said after a high-level review meeting chaired by Transport Minister Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan.

In this connection, a control unit is being set up in capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu which will be monitored regularly to get the desired results, the spokesman said.

The government is also contemplating issuing smart cards instead of present paper licence to the drivers, he said.

The smart card will be fixed with a chip which will contain all necessary records pertaining to both the vehicle and the driver, he said.

He said High Security Registration Plates have been installed in 4 lakh vehicles in the state since 2012, besides the process of fixing of such plates in remaining 7 lakh vehicles is on.

Presently, plates are being fixed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 series vehicles, the spokesman said, adding that no fitness certificate, however, is being issued to those commercial vehicles which do not have the plates so far.

The spokesman said Regional and Assistant Regional Transport Officers have been directed to ensure that fare meters are installed in every auto-rikshaw and it is functional so that the passengers are not overcharged.

At the meeting, it was also directed to check the menace of overloading in mini-buses which has now became a great problem for the general people, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the Motor Vehicle Department has realised an amount of Rs 54.72 crore as registration fee and fine during the last financial year.
LD gets 200-bed block

Thursday, 7 August 2014 0:02
Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today inaugurated a 200-bed additional block at a maternity hospital here and said the health sector has been one of the most important sectors in the past five years.

The work on the Rs 40-crore block at Lalla Ded Hospital started in 2008-09 and has been completed in all respects, a spokesman said.

The spokesman said the civil work involved an expenditure of over Rs 31 crore. The block has a Rs 4.17-crore worth sewage treatment plant, Rs 1.83-crore worth central heating system and Rs 1.22-crore worth water supply system, he said.

The Chief Minister visited various blocks in the hospital and enquired about the welfare of patients and took feedbacks on the treatment being provided to them.

Omar said the health sector has been flagged as one of the most important sectors and, as such, received concentrated attention for improvement, expansion and consolidation during the last five and a half years.

He said attention has been paid to upgrade the medicare facilities at the district, sub-district and other hospitals in the rural areas so that pressure on Srinagar hospitals is reduced.

The Chief Minister said besides creating new infrastructure and modernising the equipment, equal attention is being paid to place qualified doctors and paramedics in the health institutions.

This was the third healthcare facility inaugurated by the Chief Minister in as many days.
On Monday, Omar inaugurated a CT scan, doppler and other modern facilities at Baramulla district hospital. Yesterday, he declared open Beerwa sub-district hospital.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the rennvation work of 154-metre-long old Zero Bridge here under execution at a cost of over Rs 6.41 crore, the spokesman said.
He said the bridge is being renovated as the heritage bridge of Srinagar city.

Omar also took stock of the pace of work on a new bridge under construction over Jehlum river connecting Residency Road to Rajbagh Road here, he said.

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Public money goes down the drain
Srinagar, Aug 21: Notwithstanding government claims that development works were being executed in a coordinated manner, ground reality reveals a different picture. Within a month of blacktopping of Hyder Pora highway, the road has been dug up for drainage work.

As a part of beautification plan, the service road running parallel to the highway was recently upgraded. But this all lasted for no more than a month. For now the road has been dug up by Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) for completion of the “pending drainage work in the area.”
Sources said at least Rs five lakh have gone waste because of lack of coordination between various departments. “Drainage work should have been completed prior to the blacktopping. This is waste of public money,” said an official asking not to be identified.

The locals of Post Office Lane said recently the road was dug up just a day after blacktopping. “How can any department be allowed to waste public money?” the locals said adding even after macadamization the manholes have not been leveled.

“Because of unevenness the drive down the road continues to be risky even after blacktopping. Why doesn’t the administration look into the matter?” they questioned.

Officials said the road was dug up when the District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah was out of station.
27.21 crore Sanat Ghar too be completed soon: Minister

Saturday, 23 August 2014 0:05
Srinagar to get Rs 27.21 crore Sanat Ghar soon which is near completion at Bemina Srinagar. The Sanat Ghar will accommodate offices of all heads of departments and corporations under the administrative control of Industries and Commerce department under one roof.

This information was given to the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Home & Tourism, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, on Friday an officers meeting held here to review the achievements of J&K Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP).

The meeting reviewed the status of various projects being executed across the State which are at different levels of completion.

The meeting also reviewed the progress of upgradation of Industrial Estate at Gangyal which has been completed at a cost of Rs 9.83 crore meanwhile the Minister also directed for preparation of DPRs for the second phase of the project.

Referring to the Industrial Estate at Govindsar Kathua, the Minister was informed that the said estate is completely functional and land measuring 521 kanals has been allotted to 81 prospective entrepreneurs. All basic infrastructure facilities like power, roads, water, drains and other amenities have been made available in the estate.

Kichloo said that small scale industries have an important role to play in combating the menace of unemployment in the state. He called upon the educated unemployed youth to take benefit of various Government initiatives and schemes in the industry sector and ensure self-employment for them.

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New shopping complex inaugurated in Srinagar to rehabilitate shopkeepers

Srinagar, Aug.22 (ANI): One of the biggest shopping complexes in the city of Srinagar has now been completed with an aim to rehabilitate hundreds of shopkeepers.

The complex was inaugurated by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The construction of the complex was undertaken by the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Company (JKPCC).

This shopping complex was done up to rehabilitate shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of the Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh expressway corridor.

Ghulam Hassan, a shopkeeper, said, "We have very high expectations. It would be useful for us and tourists. We have been waiting for five years, ever since our shops were demolished. We hope the government will allot (the shpos to) us immediately."

Another shopkeeper, Aijaz Malik, said he was awaiting the opening of the complex eagerly.

He said, "We are very happy now. It's a beautiful complex. Our business was suffering badly since past 25 years."

Decorated with traditional dajji diwari (wooden work) on the outer facade, the double-storied rehabilitation complex at Jehangir chowk, estimated to cost about Rs.50 crore, has adequate parking facility for hundreds of cars and comprises of 152 shops.

This shopping complex is located in Srinagar city and is expected to attract locals and tourists at a large scale which can result in good business for the shopkeepers too.

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Local educationist brings Doon Int'l School to Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 23: To provide quality education to the students in the Valley, a local educationist has brought Dehradun-based Doon International School to Kashmir. The school set up by the prestigious Doon International School in Kashmir is its first franchisee institution in north India.

Set up on a spiraling 30 kanal patch of land at HMT near Hokersar here, the school with state-of-art building comprising 60 spacious classrooms and well equipped labs and libraries is quite suitable to meet the academic requirements of students.

Chairman, Doon International School Kashmir, Showkat Hussain Khan said the purpose of bringing DIS to Kashmir is to help the parents sending their children outside state to study because they don’t find suitable alternative in Kashmir.

“The DIS in Kashmir will fill that space and allow the parents to ensure quality education for their wards without sending them outside the state,” he said.

“I have done research for quite a long time and then zeroed in on Doon International School which is known for its unparallel standard of education in India,” he said, adding that the students after completing their studies from the school will be able to compete anywhere in the world.

“The CBSE curriculum being taught at our Dehradun school will be replicated here so that the students are exposed to the latest methods of teaching and syllabi,” he said.

Khan said the school in Kashmir is the first School of Doon International franchisee in entire Northern region of India. Apart from this franchise, Doon has two schools at Dehradun and Mohalli.

Giving details about the school, Khan said that each classroom of the school will have interactive boards equipped with latest technology. “There will be smart assessment tests by the school on regular intervals to monitor the progress of the students.”

He said the school management in Kashmir will be directly supervised by Doon International School Dehradun.

“We have appointed a renowned educationalist, B N Sarkar as the principal of school who has headed many prestigious schools of India during his career,” Khan said, adding that the teachers in the school will have to undergo periodical teaching training programs at Dehradun School in order to improve their quality of teaching.

Khan informed that during the phase-1 the school will be offering admission Nursery to 7th standard. “In the second phase the school will provide admission up to 12th class,” it said.

He said the school campus has been made a wifi zone. “Besides, we have installed bus tracking system which would help parents keep track of their wards,” he said.

“GPS tracking system will provide exact location of school buses via SMS to parents,” he said, adding that besides students will be provided with smart ID cards stuffed with electronic chips to provide exact location of the students.

He said the school plans to use tablets while imparting education to the students so that the tests are conducted without using papers.
Khan has been in the education sector for many years. He has already been running Shantiniketan College which offers admission for B ED courses in the Valley.
Kashmir Haat abuzz as Srinagar Book Fair begins

Srinagar, August 23: Jammu Kashmir Governor N N Vohra Saturday expressed concern over the declining habit of book reading among youth in the state.

He said book reading in new generation helps in developing the knowledge society and good professionals. “However, we will face serious challenges and problems in the future if we stop reading books,” Vohra said.

“Advancement in technology and enhanced coverage by TV channels, internet and computers have led to decline in the book reading habit especially in the younger generation,” he said.

Addressing a gathering of writers, educationists, students and lovers of literature after inaugurating book fair at Kashmir Haat (Numaishi), the governor said that holding of a mega book fair in Srinagar by National Book Trust (NBT) is an encouraging and inspiration for many people especially young for reviving habit of book reading among them. This year the book exhibition has been organized in association with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Languages (NCPUL).

Vohra said that it is observed that present generation was not so fond of reading. “They instead watch TV or remain busy with Internet or play video games on computers,” he said.

He said holding of book fairs as regular events should be nurtured adding that universities in the state and NBT could join hands in this.
Speaking on the occasion Ashok Thakur, Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India announced that NBT will take necessary steps in this regard in collaboration with NCPUL and Govt of Jammu and Kashmir. He announced that the AICTE will be asked to run a skill development course for young unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir as India is one of the leading countries in the world in the field of publishing.
Director NCPUL in his speech mentioned that NCPUL is committed to provide Urdu books at the door steps in Kashmir and other regions.
The fair will continue up to August 31 and entry to the fair is free of cost.

“This year the exhibition is biggest of its kind in Kashmir. This year we were able to gather nearly 90 publishers across the country which includes some top publishers and local publishers of Jammu and Kashmir. They have setup nearly 140 stalls with thousands of books on various subjects and languages,” Director NBT M.A. Sikander told Rising Kashmir.

He said NBT was planning to make the book fair a annual affair in J&K to make available rare book to local readers and promote reading habits among youth.

On the occasion of inaugural function Dr Aziz Hajin’s translation work “Patte Aeye Darreaabus Zev” was also released.

During the nine days of Srinagar Book Fair, NCPUL will organize cultural and literary programme in association with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on the sidelines of the exihibition.

The program include Meet the Eminent Personalities on August 23, Illustration Workshop for Children/youth (August 24 and August 25), Panel discussion on Kashmir Language and Literature’s Current Scenario (August 26), Panel discussion on importance of translation on Kashmiri language (August 27), Mehfil-e-Mushairah (August 24), Mehfil-e-Afsana (August 25), Mehfil-e-Muzakirah: Urdu Journalism and Kashmir (August 26), Inter School Debate (August 27), Fiction in Jammu and Kashmir (August 28), Meet the Contemporary (August 29) and Mehfil-e-Ghazal (August 30).

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Mumbai, Aug 27:

Shrinagar Sonmarg Tunnelway Ltd, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd (ITNL), tied up a Rs. 2,363-crore loan with ICICI Bank on August 22, ITNL has said in an exchange filing.

The loan is for the development, operation and maintenance of a 12.3-km stretch (km 69 to km 81.3 of the Srinagar-Sonmarg-Gumri Road) on National Highway 1 in Jammu & Kashmir. The stretch includes a 6.5-km-long tunnel and approaches of six km.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 3,289 crore and the construction period is 1,825 days. The SPV had signed a concession agreement with the Border Roads Organisation in April 2013.

The project is on an annuity basis with a concession period of 20 years. It is on a design, build, finance, operate, and transfer basis (DBFOT).

Soma Enterprises Ltd and ITNL’s equity participation in the SPV is in the ratio of 51:49.

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Sagar, Jora inaugurate Community Facilitation Centre at Makhdoom Sahib

Srinagar, Aug 28: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and MLA Khanyar, Ali Muhammad Sagar Thursday said Omar Abdullah led government has given focused attention for the development of Srinagar City and restoration of its pristine glory and historicity, an official handout said.

The Minister was addressing a gathering after inaugurating Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom (RA) Community Facilitation Centre at Makhdoom Sahib. The Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora was also present on the occasion.

Vice Chairman Muslim Wakaf Board, Prof MY Qadri, former Mayor Salman Ali Sagar, Muhammad Syed Akhoon, besides Commissioner Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Satish Nehru, Commissioner SMC, Dr GN Qasba, Deputy Commissioner, Farooq Ahmad Shah, SSP, Amit Kumar and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.

“The Community Center has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore by joint funding of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and District plan,” the official handout said.

Sagar said “Community Centre will prove very useful for the people living in this congested area during the marriage ceremonies and other social functions.”

The Minister said that government has laid a vast network of community centres in Srinagar to provide better civic and social services to the people. He also said various prestigious projects are under way for the development and beautification of Srinagar to make it a model city.

“While taking strong notice of increasing drug menace in the area Sagar stressed upon the district police authorities to take immediate and necessary steps for uprooting this menace from the area, so that people do not face any difficulty,” the official handout said.

Speaking on the occasion, Urban Development Minister, Jora said government is always keen to provide better civic facilities to the people and number of projects have been prioritized by the present government. He said a project will be formulated for the rehabilitation of inhabitants of this area also.
Jora inaugurates Reading Room

Srinagar, Aug 26: Minister for Urban Local Bodies and Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora has inaugurated Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s Reading Room cum Conference Hall at Sher-e-Kashmir Park, an official handout Tuesday said.

Jora was accompanied by MLA Amira Kadal Nasir Aslam Wani. “The remodeling of reading room having facility of one big hall, a single room, pantry and a wash room had come up at a cost of nearly 42 lac rupees,” the official handout from the SMC said.

“Jora also inaugurated Municipal Ward Office situated adjacent to the Reading Room. Xen Right River Works SMC Ishtiyaq Ahmed informed the minister that the total cost of Rs forty lacs has been spent on newly constructed ward office having a facility of three rooms’ with attached washrooms,” the handout said adding “Both the inaugurations took place in front of Commissioner Secretary to Housing and Urban Development Department Satish Nehru and Commissioner SMC Dr GN Qasba.”
DDC tours Shaher-e-Khaas

Srinagar, Aug 27: District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Shah Wednesday visited various areas of Shaher-e-Khaas to assess problems faced by the people and reviewed developmental works.
The DDC made on the spot assessment of Brari Nambal lagoon and directed the concerned departments to expedite work on its beautification. He also reviewed construction of a walkway around the lagoon.

“Brari Nambal can be conserved as a City lake. We are making all efforts in collaboration with concerned department to restore its pristine glory,” Farooq Shah said while interacting with a group of people there.
Shah also visited Zaina Kadal and interacted with traders there. He directed the concerned officers to expedite process to acquire some buildings near Qaziyar Cut to pave way for smooth flow of vehicular traffic through the area.

President, All Kashmir Traders Federation Shaher—e-Khaas Nazir Ahmad Shah and other cadres including Nisar Ahmad and Omar Gani apprised the DDC about problems confronting them. They demanded construction of a urinal in the area besides repairs of streetlights. The DDC assured that their demands would be met on priority.

He also directed for repairs of dilapidated building of Maharaj Gunj fire station and a primary health center there. Later the DDC visited Jamia Masjid and directed the officials to undertake “beautification of Muslim Park after rehabilitation of vendors.”


Meanwhile, as per an official handout, Shah, who is also District Election Officer, “convened a meeting with all the EROs/AEROs of district Srinagar and reviewed the progress with regard to Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls 2014.”
“The meeting was informed that approximately 20,000 new inclusion forms during the revision have been received till date. Also SVEEP program which was already launched in the district was also reviewed,” the handout said.

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Is vertical expansion the solution to decongest City?

Srinagar, Aug 27: Even as Srinagar is fast forwarding towards becoming a chocked habitation, experts are divided whether the City should go for “vertical housing” or adopt a “smart city” approach to relieve the pressure.

A latest survey by government revealed that going by the current pace of expansion Srinagar City is going to be bereft of any land for construction in the next 17 years. According to some planners “vertical housing” is one of the best options to help the City. “Vertical housing can surely help,” said Sajjad Ahmad Mir, a civil engineer. “Our current housing pattern needs approximately four square kilometres of land for accommodating 1,00,000 people but if we go for vertical housing we can accommodate 4,00,000 people in the same area.”

Mir said “vertical housing” would help in other sectors too. “Here people spend an average of two to four hours a day in travel for work. In a vertical City we will save up to 75 percent energy and reduce emissions up to 90 percent,” said Mir. “Also in case of fire or other incidents, emergency services would be closer.”

According to officials, the highest building in Srinagar is six-storey Civil Secretariat but in housing sector there is no such building. “For commercial buildings there is no ceiling on height whereas for houses the upper height limit is 55 feet,” said Iftikhar Ahmad Hakeem Chief Town Planner Srinagar.

Hakeem, who is not in favor of high rise buildings, says that they are not the only solution as “high-density horizontal housing” offers a better alternative to treat City problems. “Today the concept of Smart City is in vogue and Srinagar is best suited for development on that pattern,” said Hakeem. “You see even in Washington DC, the height of buildings have to be lower than the Capitol Hill. This way they preserve the character of a City and develop it too.”

Experts fear that the high rise buildings would be culturally indifferent to the old ethos of Srinagar. “World over the model of a city consisting of high rise buildings have failed and in Srinagar it will fare no better,” said Mehran Qureshi, a Delhi-based architect and urban planner. “High rise buildings alienate people and sense of community and society is lost.”

Qureshi said “Elite class has already moved to places like Raj Bagh, Lal Bazar and Airport Road while the old City is now a hub of lower income working class people.” “Any attempt to undertake vertical housing would increase their living cost, dislocate them and snatch their livelihood,” said Qureshi. “The new model of development should include its old people and benefit them. Why not develop Jhelum river front, start heritage walks, river tourism, link shrines in a network that can attract tourists from all over the world and help in sustainable development.”

Iftikhar Ahmad Hakeem termed high use of energy, earthquake-prone zone and presence of loose soil as the negatives of high rise building. However, his civil engineer colleague Mir says that with “new technology in construction we can build buildings in any type of earthquake zone or soil type.” “Japan is one of the most seismically active places and still they have constructed tallest buildings which are safest too,” said Mir.
Delhi-based architect Qureshi recommended development of adjoining districts like Ganderbal, Baramulla and Budgam to relieve pressure on Srinagar. “Addition of new areas in Srinagar municipality won’t help. We have one of the worst public transportation systems and travelling from one end of City to other would require more energy and addition of new private vehicles,” said Qureshi. “We have no metro system here so how are you going to connect such an expanded City.”

Even if they are divided over their opinion of development the experts are united on the urgency of the matter. Srinagar City is already witnessing a huge shortage of houses. According to 2011 census figures, 43 percent of houses in Srinagar have two, three or more households. Three lakh people are in need of relocation to ease congestion in the City.

The Srinagar Master Plan (2000-2021) calls for making housing arrangements for 11 lakh additional people, and that requires 1,37,500 plots of land running into thousands of acres.

“No matter what they decide, government should take immediate steps before it is too late,” said Mir.

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7 years on, Hajj House awaits service road

Srinagar, Aug 26: Notwithstanding the assurances to provide hassle-free services to the aspiring Hajj pilgrims, the government has allegedly even failed to offer decent road connectivity to the Hajj House. Seven years on, the pilgrims are forced to drive down risk-prone highway, even on the wrong side as there has been no step forward in construction of the much-needed service road to the venue on the Bemina highway.

Thrown open in 2007, the Hajj House was scheduled to provide multiple services under one roof to the pilgrims. But the project seems to have witnessed road blocks including that on construction of the service road.

For a flight to the holy land, the aspiring Hajjis have to report at the Hajj House wherefrom they are ferried to the Srinagar International Airport in buses. But reaching the Hajj House is no easy task.


The pilgrims have to drive down the busy Srinagar-Baramulla highway to reach the venue. Over the years, for departure of Hajjis, the government has been dedicating one of the highway lanes for the pilgrims and the other for two-way traffic, a move which triggers massive traffic jams.

This not only puts the general public to inconvenience, even the pilgrims don’t get benefitted. Many times scores of Hajjis end up getting stranded in the gridlocks for hours and reach the Hajj House terribly late. “On getting stranded in traffic jams, we have often seen Hajjis walking some two-three kilometers on foot to reach the Hajj House,” admitted an official.


The Roads and Building(R&B) department has miserably failed to construct service road parallel to the highway though it was mandatory as per norms. Sources in R&B said the department never planned construction of a proper service road on the 17-kilometer Athwajan-Parim Pora highway stretch the department widened.

As about construction of the service road to the Hajj House, officials said the government had to make no expenditure on land acquisition as its own vacant land was available along the highway.

“No funds were required for any rehabilitation or land acquisition as the space parallel to the highway is free of any construction and happens to be government land. This could have been easily utilized for the road widening,” said a retired R&B Chief Engineer, pleading anonymity.


Following a sustained campaign by Greater Kashmir, in September last year when aspiring Hajjis were facing inconvenience, the then Divisional Commissioner Shailendra Kumar “fully agreed” that there was a dire need to construct the service road. “This is a good idea… I fully agree that service road needs to be constructed,” Kumar had said while the district administration assured that a meeting would be called on priority to explore possibility for the parallel road. A year on, there has been no breakthrough.


A blend of traditional and modern architecture, the state-of-the-art Hajj House was a dream project of the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who ensured its completion in record nine months. But the phase II plans for the project, as per sources, have been gathering dust.

  • Construction of service roads along the highway is mandatory
  • R&B over the years paid no heed to need for service roads on this 17-KM highway stretch
  • For service road to the Hajj House, no land acquisition was required
  • Open space from Bemina crossing to Hajj House is government land
Shah, Qasba inaugurate Oasis school building

Srinagar, Aug 24: District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah and the Srinagar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Dr GN Qasba on Sunday inaugurated the newly-constructed building of Oasis Public High School at Gogji Bagh in the City. The concrete building replaces the previous structure which was gutted in a devastative fire some months ago.

The DDC hailed the school administration for coming up with the new building in a record time of a few months. “The way this building has been constructed in a record time speaks about the workmanship and dedication of the school management towards imparting of education,” Shah said. Tehsildar south City Muhammad Shafiq Wafai and Greater Kashmir Printer Publisher Rashid Makhdoomi were also present on the occasion.

Talking to Greater Kashmir on the sidelines of the event Shah said: “We are always there for upliftment of educational institutes.” “Foundation of strong nation lies in strong education and this we all need to realize.”
The DDC asked the school authorities to “continue with zeal and passion of imparting quality education to the children.” “Oasis because of quality education has become a household name and this spirit and repute should be upheld,” he hoped.

Dr Qasba said the school should continue to upgrade its services with “best possible resources including technical and civil infrastructure.”
Flanked by the school Chairman Ashiq Hussain Masoodi and others, the officials went round the new building and expressed satisfaction with the arrangements in place. They also gave some suggestions for “further improvement and upgradation of infrastructure towards excellence.”

Later, Shah, Dr Qasba and other guests released the new trilingual school anthem composed in English, Urdu and Kashmir with Inspirational Jingle on which the schoolchildren presented a program. The bi-monthly news letter was also released on the occasion.

The welcome speech was delivered by Rehana Naqsbandi while school Captain Rumaisa Reyaz and the Vice-Captain Qazi Muazzam shared their experiences of “wonderful schooling experience with Oasis.”
The vote of thanks was delivered by the school Principal Sameena Wani.
Chana Pora gets community hall

Srinagar, Aug 24: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday inaugurated Community Facility Centre at Chana Pora constructed at a cost of Rs 105 lakhs to benefit the people in this congested area to use it for social functions, an official handout said.

“The people residing in Lal Nagar, Khan Mohalla, Chana Pora and other areas can utilize this facility for marriages and other social functions. The facility will be available to them at the reasonable rate of Rs 10,000 per function,” the handout said.

Minister for Urban Development, Nawang Rigzin Jora was also present on the occasion. Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected 30-bedded Urban Health Centre at Chana Pora under execution at a cost of over Rs 20.30 crore. He was accompanied by MLA Amira Kadal, Nasir Aslam Wani who said the hospital would be a state-of-the-art facility for people living in this part of the City. Nasir said efforts were on to set it operational on priority.

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^^ CM inaugurates Community Facility Centre at Channapora

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Srinagar, Aug 24: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday inaugurated Community Facility Centre at Channapora.

The community centre has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 105 lakhs to benefit the people in this congested area who can use it for social functions. The Channapora area is densely populated.

The people residing in Lal Nagar, Khan Mohalla, Channapora and other areas can utilize this facility for marriages and other social functions.
The facility will be available to them at the reasonable rate of Rs. 10,000 per function.

Minister for Urban Development, Nawang Rigzin Jora was also present on the occasion. Earlier, Chief Minister inspected 30-bed under construction Urban Health Centre at Channapora.

He was also accompanied by Legislator, Nasir Aslam Wani and Commissioner Secretary Health, Gazanffar Hussain.
Sagar for speedy implementation of dev schemes

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Srinagar, August 26: The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Ali Mohammad Sagar today asked concerned officials to speed up the pace of implementation of various schemes undertaken in different sectors like PHE, R&B, Housing, PDD so that the holistic development of Srinagar city is ensured and people get benefits from these.
The Minister was interacting with the officers during his extensive tour of old city Srinagar to personally oversee the status of various developmental programs undertaken.

He was accompanied by senior officers of various departments and district administration.

Sagar directed the officers to come up with the comprehensive plan for restoration of the Malkha area so that the necessary action can be initiated on it.
He said we have to ensure that un-necessary encroachments do not take place there and the necessary mechanism is also put in place which acts as a deterrent to the same.

The Minister also asked the UEED officers to come up with the detailed plan so that the drainage system of the city is properly augmented and people get benefitted.
Sagar also directed the officers to remove the various bottle necks which have come up in the implementation of various road widening programs and pay the necessary compensation to the people whose properties have been acquired as the result of these projects. He said that high level committee meetings should be held within the shortest possible time for the convenience of the general public.
He asked the officers of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to ensure overall cleanliness of the city and also take the necessary measures to curb the dog menace as people are facing inconvenience in different areas.
Rs 370 lakhs spend on PHC Batamaloo

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Srinagar, Aug 30: The Primary health centre at Batamaloo that took around seven years of construction has spent 370.00 lacs against 528.00 lacs approved cost.
The government revealed, construction has spent 370.00 lacs up to March, 2014. This was revealed in the Jammu Kashmir Assembly session 2014.
In the written reply to a query of MLA Batamaloo Muhammad Irfan Shah, the government said the work was taken up in year 2007-08 at a cost of 528.00 lakhs.
“During the current financial year, Rs 80.00 lakhs have been earmarked for the purpose,” the government added.
Moreover, it informed the four storied structure is complete and finishing work is in progress.

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Nadirgund residents hail admin
Srinagar, Aug 29: The residents of Nadirgund, Peer Bagh have expressed gratitude to the district administration especially DDC Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah and Tehsildar Chana Pora for conducting the auction of trees on Kahcharai land at Nadirgund.

Pertinently, on the directions of the DDC Srinagar auction of trees was conducted Thursday over around 14 kanals of Kahcharai land to be developed for community facilities including a playground for the local youth.
The area youth, however, appealed the DDC to expedite work on the development of proposed playfield in the area.
Draw of lots held to rehabilitate shopkeepers
Srinagar, Aug 30: Draw of lots for allotment of shops to shopkeepers getting displaced due to ongoing construction of Jehangir Chowk- Ram Bagh (JCRB) flyover was Saturday held by the committee constituted by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, an official handout said.

The event was held at the Ram Bagh Rehabilitation Complex. “All the shopkeepers getting displaced in the Tulsi Bagh- Ram Bagh section of the expressway corridor (flyover) were present during the draw of lots which were held in presence of GM Dar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Malik Basharat Ahmad, Director J&K ERA, Suhail Mircha, Social and Resettlement Expert J&K ERA representatives of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, R&B, Muhammad Sadiq Bakal President KTMF along with other office bearers of KTMF and representatives of local market committees,” the handout said.

It said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had earlier assured that transparency would be maintained in the allotment of the shops.
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