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Work on Srinagar mini-secretariat in limbo as funds fall short

Last Updated on December 24, 2021 at 6:01 pm

The project floated two years ago for construction of mini-secretariat in Srinagar seems to be just on papers. An old bus stand shifted from Batmaloo to have a mini-secretariat was planned two years ago but seems as if the idea has vanished in air.

This project has been decided to be constructed in an area of 114 kanals of land having an estimated cost of more than Rs.100 crore. The building has been planned to be built with latest pattern having elevators, a common facility center, and a basement for parking vehicles.

In 2018, government has put forward to use the erstwhile Batamaloo bus terminal as a site for the mini-secretariat. The busy and much crowded old bus stand was shifted to Parimpora area after the J&K high court directed to do so.

Though the detailed project report has been prepared and details about the funds are mentioned but to arrange for the same is often taken casually. Since past two years due to lack of funds this proposed project is in limbo. Since then the project is held up and not moving ahead.

A senior official from the R&B department said that project is not moving ahead at all as the construction of the mini-secretariat never fully materialized thus no progress is seen.

SE R&B, Nayeem Khan told Greater Kashmir that there has been no progress in the project so far as the project of mini-secretariat was initiated but it never materialized fully. Khan further added that there were various issues related to funds as well.

R&B Chief Engineer, Rafiq Ahmad Rafiq said that funds have been major obstacle in the project and final decision about the project was never made.