Neglected by authorities, Public Park in Kupwara turns messy field

Neglected by authorities, Public Park in Kupwara turns messy field

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Also announces release of Rs. 50 lakh for cleaning flood channels in the town Inaugurates JK Bank zonal office at Amargarh Baramulla, October 30: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who was here on her public outreach programme, today announced release of Rs. 20 lakh for installing high mast lights and better illumination in the streets of the town. Mehbooba Mufti also announced release of Rs. 20 lakh for construction of a drain from Boys Degree College to Kralhar and Rs. 10 lakh for developing a children’s park in the town. She also announced release of Rs. 15 lakh for improving facilities at Jhelum Sports Stadium, Janbazpora. The Chief Minister also directed cleaning of flood channels in the town and announced release of Rs. 50 lakh for the purpose. She also directed modernization of two madrassas at Sheeri with computerization and other accessories. A large section of people from the town, who met the Chief Minister during her day long public interface yesterday, had demanded improvement in the civic facilities in the town. Asking the administration to pace up work on the developmental projects in the district, Mehbooba Mufti said her Government is keen on developing Baramulla on modern lines and for this many projects like widening of national highway from Narbal downwards, construction of alternative highway from Baramulla to Uri and two bridges-Fish market and Jetty bridge-over Jhelum in the town are in various stages of completion. The Chief Minister appreciated the communal harmony of the people of the town and their peace loving nature and assured them that the assets would be created to match with the past reputation of the town. During the public outreach programme, people hailed the Chief Minister for taking governance apparatus to their doorstep adding that it has helped them to project their demands directly without any disruption. Later, the Chief Minister visited Sopore where she inaugurated the Zonal office complex of J&K Bank at Amargarh. Built at a cost of Rs. 41 crore, the complex has been equipped with many modern facilities and it would be housing cluster office, currency chest and other bank facilities. The centrally located complex would also be having a 130 seater conference hall, several meeting and training rooms besides accommodation for the staff. The Chief Minister complimented the management of the Bank for raising such a facility in the business hub of North Kashmir which would go a long way in promoting business, enterprise and employability in the whole region. Several legislators; Chairman, J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmad; members of business community and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

Assets vandalized by miscreants, officials unmoved

KUPWARA: The negligence of the government officials have turned a Public Park constructed by Tourism Department in the main Kupwara  into a messy filed.

Locals said that the park has been damaged by the miscreants as the concern department doesn’t bother to take care of the public property meant for local inhabitants. They said that the prized Deodar furniture of its hutments, costly hoarding on its gate, iron railings and benches have been vandalized under the very nose of authorities.
Locals said that the benches are being used as wickets by some local youth play cricket in the park, hence making the space inconvenient for the families and children. They added that from past few years, even poultry farms have been opened in the vicinity of the park adding foul smell to its environment.
“This was the only public park in Kupwara town catering a population of around 40,000. We voluntarily gave our land for its construction just to get a recreational place for district headquarters. But due to lackadaisical approach of Tourism Department, it has become a virtual playground and poultry farm,” they added. Residents said if Tourism Department was unable to maintain it, they should hand over the park to private parties who can take care of it and also add more facilities there.

While talking to PTK, a civil society member, Irfan Ahmad told, that the park was meant for the local populace to spend some time with their families after a daylong hectic work schedules. “I myself was regular visitor of this park. Many families including mine prefer to spend some time in this park. But since it has become an open messy filed, we stopped to visit”, he said.

He said that the apathy of the authorities not only stopped families to visit the park but also results into the damage of public asset worth huge sums. He adds that on behalf of the civil society Kupwara and people of the town, he appeals district administration to pay attention towards the matter. He adds that the concern authorities should maintain the park and safeguards its assets to fulfill its purpose.

Pertinently the park has been constructed in 2010 with a cost of around Rs 20 lakh by Lolab-Bungus-Drungyari Tourism Development Authority (LBDTDA).