132 Cr drainage project for Srinagar remains incomplete since last 10 years

The rainwater that flooded the streets on Tuesday morning when a heavy downpour brought chaos and disorder to the summer capital made one thing emphatically clear: that the city sorely lacks a drainage system. And what will surely make matters worse for the residents of the city is the news that the state government has put the Rs 132 crore drainage project begun a decade back on the back burner. It was in 2008, the state government awarded the contract for developing drainage system to central public sector undertaking, National…

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Chaos inside Jamia, scores injured in clashes outside, 30 hit by pellets

At least 50 people, including women worshipers were injured Friday inside and around the historic Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta as hundreds of protestors clashed with police and paramilitary forces that fired the indiscriminate pellet guns and tear smoke shells. The injured also include two senior police officers — SDPO and SHO – and one CRPF constable. The clashes happened soon after Friday congregational prayers, and turned more intense as pellets fired by the government forces landed inside the grand mosque leaving many dripping with blood and staining its floor. Some…

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Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh flyover phase-I to be inaugurated today

After missing number of deadlines, Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh phase-I flyover will be thrown open for traffic on Friday. The phase-I which includes the area from Amar Singh College to Barzulla will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Talking to Kashmir Post, Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad Wani said, “We have decided to throw open the phase-I from Amar Singh College to Barzulla. The traffic from Zero Bridge towards Airport will be allowed to move through this phase.” He said all the arrangements have been made…

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Proposed flyovers for Srinagar ‘Dumped’

A government proposal to construct four small flyovers (grade separators) along Bypass here has been reportedly put in a “cold storage,” an official told Kashmir Post on Friday. He said that Roads and Buildings department had submitted the proposal seeking funding for the construction of small flyovers along Bypass at four intersections— Sanat Nagar, Nowgam, Bemina and Shalteng to ease the traffic movement along the highway. The proposal, according to the official, was cleared by then Road and Buildings minister, Syed AltafBukhari, whose portfolio was later changed. “He (Altaf Bukhari)…

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Srinagar Master Plan turns ‘Commercial’, Residential Colonies turning into Business Centres

With the authorities preparing the final draft of Srinagar Master Plan 20-15-35, it has been seen that scores of residential areas in the city are fast turning into commercial hubs. Housing Colonies in Srinagar city were well developed for residential purposes and no commercial building permissions were accorded in these colonies other than the area earmarked for commercial activity. However official sources told KNS that majority of these housing colonies have acquired the status of more of a commercial hub having big shopping centres of every type. Sources said that…

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Karan Nagar gunfight ends, 2 Lashkar men killed

The nearly 30-hour-long gunfight in Srinagar city ended today with the killing of two holed up militants. The two militants were hiding in an under-construction multi-storey building at Karan Nagar after they failed to attack a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the wee hours on Monday. The government had imposed restrictions in the old city to avoid any law and order situation during the anti-militancy operation. “The encounter concluded this afternoon. In the operation, two terrorists were killed. Their identity is being ascertained. The incriminating material we recovered…

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Essential commodities shortage hit various parts of Srinagar

People in various areas of Srinagar complained of shortage of essential commodities and urged authorities to send fresh supplies without delay. “We are suffering immense hardships due to shortage of essentials for past week. The authorities have failed to supply the ration for December,” said Abbas Ahmad, a local at Shivpora. He added that that due to lack of food grains, they were compelled to fetch essentials from private shops. Inhabitants of Sonwar and Rajbagh have same complaint. They alleged that the ration depots were without supplies, forcing the people…

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At minus 3.7 Srinagar records coldest night this winter

Srinagar recorded the coldest night this winter as the minimum temperature dipped to minus 3.7 degrees Celsius even as Leh town continued to reel under extreme sub-zero temperatures. The night temperature across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, stayed below the freezing point on Sunday night with some places registering a dip in the mercury from the previous night, an official of the MeT said. Leh in Ladakh region recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, against minus 8.6 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night, the official…

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High Court restricts entry of taxis in Srinagar city

In a decision likely to affect thousands of commuters, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the Traffic Police authorities not to allow entry of Tata Sumos and other taxis coming from other districts into the city. The directions were issued by a division bench of the High Court which is hearing a public interest litigation to streamline the traffic in Srinagar. As per the latest order of the High Court, the traffic authorities have been told not to allow Tata Sumos and taxis coming from south and north…

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Expedite construction of Semi-Ring Road: Baseer Khan

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed the officials to expedite the pace of work on all developmental works within stipulated deadline. The Div Com was speaking at a meeting to review the progress on Semi Ring Road, NH 444, Bharat Mala and World Bank-funded projects. The meeting was attended by director NHAI and other officials from various departments. Deputy commissioners of Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal and Baramulla participated via video conferencing. The Div Com appreciated the work done in this regard in Pulwama and Budgam and…

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