Potholes and Progress? Unfinished Smart City Works Plague Srinagar Commuters

Potholes and Progress? Unfinished Smart City Works Plague Srinagar Commuters

As the smart city projects meant to give better infrastructure to Srinagar linger on, normal life in the city has been badly affected. Everyday issues such as traffic jams, accidents, and patients dying on roads have been making headlines. The commuters in Srinagar said that traffic jams due to pothole-ridden roads and dug-up roads have been a major issue. They said that during peak hours, the issues get worse as office goers and students rush towards their respective destinations. “I have been avoiding travelling in my four-wheeler and rely on…

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The Erasure of Jawahar Nagar: A Tale of Changing Landscapes in Smart Srinagar City

The Erasure of Jawahar Nagar - A Tale of Changing Landscapes in Smart Srinagar City

Jawahar Nagar’s Unexplained Exclusion from Smart Srinagar: A Call for Transparency and Inclusion By: Javid Amin In the ever-evolving tapestry of urban development, cities grow, change, and transform. This metamorphosis often comes as part of a grand vision, promising improved infrastructure and a better quality of life for the residents. However, change can be a double-edged sword. It can bring progress and, simultaneously, erase the historical and cultural significance of certain areas. A recent transformation in Srinagar, one of the jewels of the picturesque Kashmir Valley, has sparked debates and…

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Auqaf Market Shopkeepers Protest Against Waqf Board Action

Auqaf Market Shopkeepers Protest Against Waqf Board Action

Clear laibilities OR Vacate Waqf Shops Sealing of shops was done in an illegal manner as the case pertaining to payment of rent is still sub-judice Scores of shopkeepers at Auqaf Market in city centre staged protest against sealing of shops by the Waqf board Firdous Ahmad, who heads Auqaf Market, said the Waqf officials sealed six shops in the market late Wednesday evening. “The whole market was closed when the officials sealed the shops. It was done in an illegal manner as the case pertaining to payment of rent is…

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G20 Showcased Polo View Market in Srinagar Grapples with Persistent Flooding Woes

G20 Showcased Polo View Market in Srinagar Grapples with Persistent Flooding Woes

Fresh showers on Tuesday inundated shops in the newly-revamped Poloview market that served as a showcase for Group of 20 delegates during their Kashmir visit in May, eliciting sharp criticism. Established in 1952, the Poloview market was revamped recently under the Smart City project and inaugurated in May, making it the first pedestrian and wire-free market with underground drainage, electricity and communication system in Srinagar. Some of the shop owners selling Kashmir shawls, suits with handicraft, shoes and jewellery in the market were in for an unpleasant surprise when they…

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People bear the Brunt of Slow pace of Smart City Projects

People bear the Brunt of Slow pace of Smart City Projects

The Srinagar Smart City project is progressing at an alarmingly slow pace causing inconvenience to people. Most of the roads in the city have been left in a dilapidated condition, with some being dug up for the project. This has resulted in a multitude of issues, particularly in the Downtown areas and the stretch leading from Lal Chowk to Downtown. The condition of these roads has caused great inconvenience to the citizens, with dug-up drains, potholes, and manholes posing threats to their safety. The lack of progress is evident in various…

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Deteriorating road conditions pose challenges for commuters in Downtown

Deteriorating road conditions pose challenges for commuters in Downtown

Commuters have expressed resentment against dilapidated condition of roads in Downtown saying this leads to traffic jams. They said after completion of drainage and other projects, many roads in Downtown and its adjacent areas have been left in dilapidated condition. We received complaints from Downtown areas including Khanyar, Bohri Kadal, Munwarabad, Khayam, Nowpora, Gojwara, Nowhatta, Maharaj Bazar, Baba Demb, and adjacent areas about the bad condition of roads. The commuters traveling through these areas said it is taking a toll on them. They said unless macadamisation is done on a priority…

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Srinagar Traffic Police issues advisory for motorists ahead of G20 in Kashmir

Srinagar Traffic Police issues advisory for motorists ahead of G20 in Kashmir

Traffic Police Srinagar has issued an advisory for motorists in view of upcoming G-20 meetings scheduled to be held at SKICC on 22nd & 23rd May, 2023. As a large number of delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the meetings and in order to avoid congestion on various routes during this period, the following route plan/advisory has been issued for the general public to avoid any inconvenience. On 22nd May 2023, traffic movement on Boulevard from Nehru Park and Gupkar upto Kralsangri shall be restricted from 1030…

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Dilapidated roads across Srinagar cause traffic jams and inconvenience for commuters

Dilapidated roads across Srinagar cause traffic jams and inconvenience for commuters

Dilapidated roads in various areas of the summer capital area taking heavy toll on commuters. Commuters said authorities failed to even level roads at Munwarabad, Khayam, Nowpora, Khanyar and Bohri Kadal after laying of drainage pipes. “Despite passing of over a month since laying of drainage pipes, the road at Nowpora has not even been repaired. Uneven road lead to massive traffic jams in peak hours,” said Abdul Hamid, a commuter. Nowpora road, which is the main road to Downtown, is dotted with potholes. The problem is compounded by wrong…

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Srinagar Airport Waives Parking Charges for Drop and Pick Up: Director

Srinagar Airport Waives Parking Charges for Drop and Pick Up: Director

There will be no parking charges for vehicles for drop and pick up in the departure area at the Srinagar International Airport, its Director said on Monday. The development followed after a person tagged the Director of Srinagar International Airport Kuldeep Singh Rishi on Twitter, asking him why people have to pay for parking charges if one is just dropping off passengers or picking them up without using the parking space. “Can you also tell us why we have to pay parking charges if one is just dropping off passengers…

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The cost of food items has sharply increased across Srinagar

The cost of food items has sharply increased across Srinagar

With authorities in slumber, the prices of food items, specifically poultry, fruits and vegetables, have skyrocketed in the summer capital. Consumers have voiced their concerns over the exorbitant prices of fruits and vegetables. Even meat and poultry are being sold beyond the price fixed by the government. One of the consumers told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that the rampant profiteering had already set the stage for enormous profits as prices had increased manifold in the ongoing holy month of Ramadhan. As a result, people are finding it increasingly…

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