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Govt. of Kashmir killing its own projects, people bearing brunt

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It seem like bureaucracy of Jammu Kashmir is suffering from memory loss.

Wahid Bhat |SRINAGAR

Even when the government is busy beating the trumpet over shunning the shirker attitude and make administration “efficient and quick”, its own decisions ironically are being shelved since months for no reason.

Water Transport Project delay

The much hyped water transport in Srinagar was the project about which the Governor was pretty serious. However, till date, there has been nothing moving forward in spite of the fact that on April 11, this year, all arrangements in this regard were finalised.

On April 11 in order to ease traffic congestion in the capital city Srinagar, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan convened a meeting to review modalities for water transport on river Jhelum.

Various issues were discussed threadbare in the review meeting. Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Director Tourism, Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.

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Now the story goes back to almost three years ago when similar meeting was held to review the arrangements of the water transport in Srinagar city.

Almost three years ago, on July 12, 2017, then District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone, launched Water Transport Services on a trial basis, from Ghat located on river Jhelum, near the former Grind lays Bank at Zero Bridge.

It was stated that initially two motor boats with carrying capacity of 18 persons in one boat and eight persons in another boat at highly subsidized rates would be introduced for locals as well as tourists.  The authorities at that time stated that motor driven traditional shikaras would also be available which will cross through famous seven bridges in the river Jhelum. Irrigation and Flood Control Department would be maintaining the Ghat as an anchor point for the motor boats.

On June 11, 2018, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, said the government will start the services from June 28 2018.

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Khan made the announcement after chairing an extensive meeting with senior officers from across the Valley to review the steps taken to streamline traffic in the Kashmir Division, he said.

It was at that time stated that the day service of the water transport will be started on the said date.

Khan directed the deputy commissioner of Srinagar, the JKTDC and the irrigation and flood control departments to finalise route-wise rates for the service within four days.

During the meeting, the divisional commissioner was informed that the irrigation and flood control departments had made a proposal of Rs 2.20 crores for construction of additional river Ghats and Rs 35 lakh for the repair of old Ghats.

The process of estimation for lightening arrangements along the Ghats has been completed by the Power Development Department, the spokesman at that time stated

Now, when almost a year has gone by, one wonders how come the same water transport facility will be made available to the masses which has been started twice during the past two years.

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The government meanwhile seems to have at present forgotten that it ever held a meeting about the water transport and so have the officials omitted the issue out of their minds.