Smart City Project Turns Nightmare for Srinagar Residents

Smart City Project Turns Nightmare for Srinagar Residents

Srinagar’s Smart City Dream Turns into a Dusty Detour: A Resident’s Perspective By: Javid Amin The Srinagar Smart City Project (SSCL), launched with grand promises to transform Srinagar into a contemporary metropolis, has instead become a source of frustration for its residents. Despite multiple extensions and hefty investments, the city currently resembles a construction site, with dug-out roads and incomplete infrastructure projects causing daily disruptions. This article delves into the numerous challenges faced by Srinagar’s inhabitants, explores the reasons behind the delays, and offers suggestions for moving forward. The Current…

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Ban on Martyrs’ Day Tributes at Mazar-e-Shuhada Draws Political Ire

Ban on Martyrs’ Day Tributes at Mazar-e-Shuhada Draws Political Ire

Prior to August 5, 2019, when the Union government abrogated Jammu & Kashmir’s special status, the erstwhile State of J&K observed July 13 as ‘Martyrs’ Day’, an official holiday Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on July 13 alleged the J&K Lieutenant-Governor’s administration had denied them permission to pay tribute at the Mazar-e-Shuhada (martyrs’ graveyard) in Srinagar. They termed it an attempt to “erase collective history”. Around 22 civilians died in police firing outside the Central Jail in Srinagar in 1931 in an uprising against the then Dogra monarchy. The…

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Police Crackdown: Dawoodi and Veeri Face Charges for Provocative Speech

Police Crackdown: Dawoodi and Veeri Face Charges for Provocative Speech

Anantnag: Police on Saturday said that it have booked two religious clerics over their inflammatory language against a specific community in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. In a statement, the police said that it have taken decisive action against two religious clerics, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri and Abdul Rashid Dawoodi , for using inflammatory language targeting a specific community. According to police spokesman, the derogatory remarks made by the clerics were brought to the attention of the Anantnag police, who promptly initiated proceedings under the relevant provisions of the law. The clerics…

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Power Struggle: Kashmir’s Domestic Consumers Default on Payments

Power Struggle: Kashmir’s Domestic Consumers Default on Payments

In Kashmir valley, thousands of domestic consumers haven’t paid their electricity dues for more than two years, officials said on Tuesday. Top official of the Power Development Department (PDD) informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that domestic or residential consumers in the Kashmir region were the major defaulters. The official said, “Primarily, domestic or residential consumers are the major defaulters. Out of 11.7 Lakh consumers we have 9.9 are domestic consumers. Out of these consumers, nearly 40 percent are smart and conventional metered consumers. Rest almost 60 percent of…

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Embracing Faith: Ex-Imam Defends Voluntary Conversion to Islam; Challenges Waqf Board’s Decision

Embracing Faith: Ex-Imam Defends Voluntary Conversion to Islam; Challenges Waqf Board’s Decision

Srinagar: Questioning the ‘authority’ of the Muslim Waqf Board for barring him to stop discharging his religious duties, the former Imam-o-Khateeb of the revered Hazratbal shrine, Dr Kamal-ud-Din Farooqi Tuesday said the man who embraced Islam did so ‘voluntarily’ and not under ‘duress’. Following allegations of forced conversion of a Hindu man from Haryana in April this year, Farooqi was barred from leading prayers at the Hazratbal shrine. He said the Waqf Board accused him of presiding over the meeting of the alleged forced conversion, causing total chaos and confusion…

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Sizzling Srinagar: Valley Swelters as Second Hottest July Day in a Decade Scorches City

Sizzling Srinagar: Valley Swelters as Second Hottest July Day in a Decade Scorches City

Kashmir Sizzles Under Unprecedented Heatwave, Srinagar Records Second Hottest July Day in a Decade Kashmir is experiencing a brutal heatwave, with scorching temperatures exceeding normal levels by a significant margin. On Tuesday, Srinagar, the region’s capital, witnessed its hottest day of the season, reaching a staggering 34.6°C. This scorching temperature even surpassed Kolkata’s high of 31°C, making Srinagar hotter than a city typically known for its sweltering summers. This scorching heatwave isn’t just uncomfortable; it’s setting records. Meteorological officials report that Tuesday marked the second hottest July day in Srinagar…

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Heat Wave Scorches Kashmir Valley: Srinagar Records 34.6°C

Heat Wave Scorches Kashmir Valley: Srinagar Records 34.6°C

The heat wave has gripped Kashmir Valley on Tuesday with most of the places recording the hottest day of the season while the weatherman forecasted flash floods amidst the possibility of light to moderate rainfall from July 4 to July 7. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the maximum temperature recorded a further rise today with Srinagar recording the hottest day of the season at 34.6 degree Celsius. Some other parts including Kupwara, Pahalgam, Qazigund and Kokernag have also recorded the hottest day of the season today. In…

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Endless & Empty: Kashmir’s ‘Smart City’ Project Leaves Businesses in the Dark

Endless & Empty: Kashmir's 'Smart City' Project Leaves Businesses in the Dark

Stalling Progress? Kashmir Markets Buried Under Construction Debris Srinagar: In a landscape dotted with ongoing construction, Kashmir’s business community is raising alarm over the snail’s pace of developmental works, particularly the Smart City projects in Srinagar. The slow progress has sparked widespread frustration, with local businesses bearing the brunt of the prolonged disruption. President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Javed Tenga voiced the community’s concerns: “It is concerning that the pace of work on developmental projects is not up to the mark, as a result of which the business community…

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Powerless Nights in Paradise: Kashmir’s Enduring Electricity Struggle

Powerless Nights in Paradise: Kashmir's Enduring Electricity Struggle

Unplugged Paradise: Fixing J&K’s Electricity Woes for a Sustainable Future By: Javid Amin Kashmir, a crown jewel of India, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and resilient people. Yet, beneath the picturesque facade lies a persistent challenge that casts a shadow over daily life: an unreliable electricity supply. This summer, much like the ones before, residents across the region are enduring a frustrating saga of power cuts, despite significant hikes in electricity tariffs over the past decade. A Tale of Two Seasons: Broken Promises and Rising Frustration…

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Former J&K High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom Arrested in Advocate’s Murder Case

Former J&K High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom Arrested in Advocate’s Murder Case

In September 2020, Qadri, a lawyer at Srinagar High Court and a vocal critic of the High Court Bar Association, was killed inside his house at Lalbazar in Srinagar. The State Investigation Agency (SIA) arrested lawyer and former president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, in Srinagar on Tuesday in connection with the murder of advocate Babar Qadri in 2020. “He (Qayoom) has been arrested today morning. He was summoned to the SIA office at Humhama in Srinagar and detained there,” a police source said…

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