Mehbooba unhappy with amenities in Srinagar after late-night check

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti conducted a surprise visit of various areas of Srinagar city late last night to take an on-the-spot appraisal of the civic amenities, an official spokesman said. “The Chief Minister specifically checked the availability and status of power supply, functioning of street lights, cleanliness of lanes, drainage facilities in low-lying areas and other civic amenities being provided to the people,” the government spokesman said. During her surprise visit, conducted despite hail and downpour, the Chief Minister visited the Dalgate, Boulevard, Nishat, Hazratbal, Nigeen, Kathidarwaza, Zindashah Masjid, Rainawari,…

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CRPF, Police went berserk in Rainawari break windowpanes

The residents in Rainawari Monday alleged that police and CRPF went berserk in the area and broke windowpanes of their houses and also of the shops. Youth clashed with the government forces in Rainawari near police station and at Vishwa Bharti College which was one of the polling booths for Srinagar by polls on Sunday. Police had to fire tear smoke shells to ward off protesters who took to streets for the second consecutive day on Monday protesting the civilian killings on Sunday. The angry police, however, hit stones at…

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Youth crushed to death, Another serious while hit by vehicle ferrying CRPF

Another critical; Protesters torch vehicle; Police registers case Massive protests erupted in Brein area of Nishat Srinagar on Friday after a vehicle ferrying CRPF men for election duty hit a car in which two persons were traveling, leaving one of them dead on the spot. The condition of another person was stated to be critical. Witnesses said the incident happened at 8:30 pm. “All of a sudden, the bus came in reverse direction hitting hard a Maruti vehicle in which two persons were traveling,” witnesses said. “The incident triggered chaos in the…

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Amid Rains, defunct drainage system water logs Srinagar

Heavy rains coupled with defunct drainage caused waterlogging in several areas in the summer capital hampering pedestrian and vehicular movement. Waterlogging was witnessed in various areas of city-centre including Residency Road, Lal Chowk and MA Road affecting pedestrian and vehicular movement. The problem was compounded by defunct drainage system in various areas of the summer capital. Flood-like situation was witnessed in several areas due to waterlogging. Inhabitants of Khanyar in Shaher-e-Khaas expressed resentment over inaction of authorities to de-water the submerged roads there. At Baba Demb, the road was submerged…

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RSP (Secular) leader files nomination for Srinagar LS bypoll

Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (Secular) candidate Sajad Reshid today filed his nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat where bypoll is scheduled next month. Reshi, a resident of Bemina locality of Srinagar, filed his nomination papers as Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (Secular) candidate before the Returning Officer here, an official spokesman said. He is the first candidate to file papers from the seat where the bypoll was necessitated due to resignation of Tariq Hameed Karra from Lok Sabha as well as PDP. Bypolls are being held in Srinagar along with Anantnag parliamentary…

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Bias against Srinagar shocking: National Conference

National Conference on Monday highlighted the PDP-BJP Government’s “brazen and shocking discrimination against Srinagar” during the District Development Board meeting chaired by CM Mehbooba Mufti. National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said the present Government’s statements about development and expansion of Srinagar had turned out to be mere statements and rhetoric as the city was facing the worst form of discrimination in terms of inadequate funds and lack of attention of the incumbent Government towards developmental projects initiated by the previous Omar Abdullah-led Government. The National Conference General Secretary…

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Srinagar City ‘Discriminated’ in road sector as well

Raising a question mark on the PDP-BJP government’s Common Minimum Program that calls for “equitable and balanced development” of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir, the state’s summer capital continues to be ignored by the ruling dispensation while seeking the central funding for road infrastructure. Indicating that development of Srinagar is perhaps not a priority for the J&K Government, the Roads and Buildings Ministry has sought a meager Rs 35 crore for Srinagar out of more than Rs 1800 crore it has asked from Government of India under the Central…

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Four laning of Boulevard to begin from March 10

After getting clearance from Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), work on the four-laning of Boulevard road along the Dal Lake is likely to be begin by March 10, officials informed. Decks from resuming work on the four-laning of the road stretch along the lake have been cleared after LAWDA gave its No Objection Certificate to the Roads and Buildings Department. “All the modalities have been fulfilled and now the work on the four-laning of the road will start from March 10,” said Chief Engineer, R&B Kashmir, Sheikh Abdul Hameed.…

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Newly installed Bailey bridge at Mehjoor Nagar thrown open

After mounting public pressure, government on Tuesday afternoon opened the newly installed Bailey bridge at Mehjoor Nagar for vehicular movement. The Mehjoor Nagar bridge was closed on February 7 for vehicular movement after one of its supporting pillars had collapsed. The closure of the bridge had triggered protests for several days by people living in adjoining areas forcing the authorities to provide alternative to the closed bridge. Sources said that the Bailey bridge was thrown open for public after its completion on the directions from R&B Minister Naeem Akhtar. “There…

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When scores of protesters were killed in twin massacres in Srinagar: March 1, 1990

Memories of the killings carried out by Army at Zakoora Crossing and Tengpora in the city outskirts 27 years ago are still fresh in the minds of the eyewitnesses and survivors of the tragedy. More than 40 unarmed civilians were killed and dozens more injured when the Army soldiers fired indiscriminately on protesters on March 1, 1990. Two massacres in a day on March 1, 1990 left 26 dead in Zakoora and 21 at Tengpora Bypass, as per the reports. The Zakoora massacre was carried out when protesters were on…

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