‘Govt to start bicycle sharing service around Dal Lake’

November 14, 2017 CITY 231 Views

Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash Monday said that the Government was mulling to start bicycle sharing service around the Dal Lake and its adjacent areas for tourists.
While reviewing the functioning of LAWDA, the Minister said that while enjoying the bicycle ride around the Dal Lake, tourists will also explore its adjoining areas like Burzahama heritage site which is an oldest archeological site in northern India, Gussu village which is known as the “strawberry bowl of Srinagar”, Dachigam Wild Life Sanctuary, Denehama, Teilbal, Mulfaq and other areas. She said it will help to bring these areas on the tourism map and will help in generating employment avenues for the locals there.
Asiea directed VC LAWDA to identify the locations around the Dal Lake so that pre-fabricated stands will be installed soon for the eco-friendly service.
LAWDA informed the Minister that the de-weeding process is in full swing with 1100 men working in double shifts at 132 locations in the Dal Lake.
Asiea directed LAWDA to provide plots to the residents of Sheikh Mohalla on the priority basis at Rakh-i-ArthBemina so that they will start building their homes there.
She also asked LAWDA to conduct a joint survey to identify the suitable place for a fish market at Fishermen Colony and women vegetable market at Shalimar area so that the locals will sell their products without any kind of difficulty.
The Minister also reviewed the tendering process of dredging on Teilbalnallah, Batkul, Wanihama and NarbalBatipora and directed the authorities to start the work of dredging immediately in these areas during the present dry spell.
VC, Collector, Engineers of LAWDA and other concerned officers were present at the meeting.
Meanwhile the minister later conduct tour of the Hazratbal area and said that the government is making concerted efforts to provide better road connectivity to the people in the State.
While reviewing the progress of under-construction roads and bridges in Hazratbal Constituency, Minister said that the Government is focusing on developing infrastructure and provide better civic amenities to the people with special focus on improving road connectivity which is the backbone of the development.
The Minister was informed that the construction work on various roads including Gussoo-Shalnar road, Tailbal-Wangund Bridge and Shanpora Bridge is going on in full swing and will be completed within the given time.
The Minister directed engineers to speed up the pace of work and complete the projects before the onset of winters so that the commuters do not face any kind of difficulty during the cold season.
Asiea said that these projects were a long pending demand of the local population as the completion of them would also enhance the economy of the area.
She further said that the Government is committed to providing better road connectivity to the people so that all areas will become pillars in the economy graph of the state.
Chief Town Planner, Superintending Engineers & Executive Engineers of R&B and other concerned officers were present at this meeting.

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