Several projects directed by former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to be carried out under CM’s commitment for Baramulla and Sopore towns, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, have not been approved by the Governor administration yet, putting a question mark over the developmental projects earmarked by the former government for the twin towns of the district.
In June this year, the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti directed the administration to start immediate work on the widening and upgradation of significantly important 32 kilometres Baramulla-Baba Reshi road, connecting north Kashmir with the revered shrine of Baba Reshi besides world famous tourist resort Gulmarg.
The department of of R&B Baramulla prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Baramulla- Baba Reshi road with an estimated cost of Rs 2 crores and 98 lakhs. The department also invited tenders for the said project, however, the authorities are still waiting for its approval and their has been no headway as of now on the said proposal.
Sources said that besides Baramulla-Baba Reshi road, the former chief minister directed authorities to take up Shumlaran and Kawhar projects to enhance connectivity in the area and stressed upon the authorities to take these projects on priority basis, however, till date there has been no headway.
The member legislative assembly (MLA) Baramulla, Javed Hassan Beig, while commenting on the issue said that that the present state administration has ignored all such projects and have been put on hold without any reason.
“Several developmental projects initiated by the former government have been put on hold by the present state administration. Several other projects are meeting the same fate. We don’t know why this is being done after the fall of our government” said Javed Hassan Beig.
Beig said, “We have earlier suggested to initiate work under state sector as funding through CRF or Bharat Malla is time consuming process. Despite tendering the work, present state administration is showing no interest for the project, we are left helpless and mute spectators.”
The Baramulla-Baba Reshi road passes through picturesque Kandi belt of Baramulla. Thousands of devotees visit Baba Payam-ud-Din Reshi shrine via Kandi Baramulla and people especially from north Kashmir take this route to reach the shrine or tourist resort Gulmarg, which saves a lot of time as compared to alternate route.
En route the Baba Reshi shrine, the famous waterfall of Shranj is located. The place is famous among the tourists who throng this place each year. However, bad condition of the road and little road width often creates problem for the visitors.
“The Baramulla-Baba Reshi road has great importance, as people from north Kashmir during the pilgrimage tour to famous Baba Reshi shrine or Gulmarg prefer this route. The scenic beauty of the area can enhance the prospects of tourism in the area. However, proper roads and better connectivity is always important,” said Hilal Ahmad Lone of Kandi Baramulla.
The executive engineer R&B Baramulla while acknowledging that the project has not been yet approved said that we have already submitted the proposal and are waiting for its approval. “We are looking for its approval. Though we have invited tenders too earlier, however, the fate of the project is yet not clear. We have again proposed its funding through Centre Road Fund (CRF), however, as of now there has been no communication from the authorities over the proposal,” said Abdul Rashid, executive engineer, R&B, Baramulla.