Srinagar and SMP

September 20, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 151 Views
 Srinagar and SMP

There is a chaos going on the streets of Srinagar as far as the traffic management is concerned. The Chief Minister in this regard called a meeting to review the traffic scenario of the City. However what is to be seen “will there be an considerable impact of ehat is really being discussed and deliberated in these meetings. It is to be appreciated of chief minister herself is keen to review issues like traffic mismanagement. The authorities must act swiftly and deliver to the expectations of the chief Minister. While as there is a need to accelerate the process on Srinagar Master Plan (SMP). As the government claims that it is committed to  bring out a comprehensive Srinagar Master Plan, there is a greater need to look into the process of evolving the city, without blemishing its heritage character.  Also the utmost care must be taken to include every component in the Master Plan of Srinagar city. It has been learned that experts have already chalked out strategy to  upgrade existing land use plan, population growth, urbanization, transportation, heritage conservation plan, tourism projections and policy, lake conservation policy etc. Before finalizing the SMP, the government must  organised an event in which recommendations and suggestions — to be incorporated into the draft are asked, besides optimal use of resources for creating a sustainable infrastructure should be also looked into. There there is a need to incentive the private planners, colonizers and entrepreneurs to create a satellite township. Encroachments in Kashmir, particularly around the water bodies, have continued unabated. Dal lake has been turned into a garbage din and continuous flow of human refuse into the water body has shrunk it in size. The stink in the lake water only tells upon the seriousness of the government to turn it into a tourist haunt. Government has failed to shift the people, who live around the water body, to Rakh-i-Arat at Bemina which was identified to clear it of the concrete clutter, and that is despite the promise made on the contrary. Local people resist being shifted out due to the difference in the estimates of the properties that government worked out and the values, that they believed, they deserve. As a result of this the Lake has turned putrid and a repellent for the trickle of tourists who are visiting Kashmir. Government has been planning to shift the house boats that remain anchored around the boulevard site towards the Hazratbal side, however it had not been able to achieve much on this front. Different authorities including the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), though having managed to pull down many of the illegal structures, have however not been able to check the rising up of concrete jungle around the lake.

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