Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr traffic gridlocks return to Srinagar

Most of the areas in Srinagar witnessed a gridlock on Monday ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr here, leaving the commuters to suffer. The commuters remained stuck for a long time in the gridlock today, which was witnessed in several city areas including Rajouri Kadal, Lal Chowk, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Dalgat, TRc junction, Sonwar, Hari Singh High Street, Jahangir Chowk and many other places. The vehicles in large numbers were seen stranded on the roads for a long time while the traffic cops were seen grappling to regulate the…

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Srinagar figures among dirtiest cities in India

In a shocking revelation Srinagar city has been again listed among dirtiest cities across India, securing the 357th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2019 and has stepped down by 110 ranks than the previous year.The data which was revealed by Ministry of Housing and Union Affairs last week, Srinagar city has secured 357th rank with 1470.42 marks out of 4000. The survey was conducted in January 2019 and it has covered around 4,237 cities across India. According to the survey, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for a…

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Complete Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover within 2 months: DC Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Friday strictly instructed the concerned executing agencies to complete the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover within two months.The DC who made these instructions in a meeting with executing agencies and contractors of the project assured the latter of timely provision of construction material and payments. He strictly directed the concerned agencies and contractors to work day and night in double shifts and ensure that the ?341 crore project is completed without any further delays.Dr Shahid Iqbal said the work will be monitored on daily basis,…

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City traffic in mess after closure of Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road

The failure to complete the construction of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is taking a toll on traffic in the city as the administration has adopted another faulty plan to deal with the issue. The latest diversion plan, which became effective last week, has shut a key road and pushed the vehicular traffic through the narrow lanes of Batamaloo. According to the new plan, the Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road, which is the feeder road for traffic coming from south, has been shut for the two-way traffic. Instead, the traffic movement…

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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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