Mufti cautions Govt against pushing people to wall

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 12 : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed today said while entire state was reeling under mis-governance, administrative anarchy , development freeze and corruption, certain areas like Anantnag had been pushed to a worse fate.
Interacting with members of civil society and party cadres in Islamabad, he said the historic town had been neglected completely on development front as part of political punishment.
He cautioned that given the continued apathy of the Government people of the area could be left with no choice but to take to streets to seek redressal of their problems. He advised the party cadres to mobilize the public opinion so as to press the Government for giving the area its due share in development process.
Mufti said all the major projects that had been started in the district by the previous Govt had almost been shelved. He said the district headquarters and the villages around were facing tremendous problems and there was no response from the Govt that could even marginally meet the challenge. He said roads in the area were in most dilapidated condition and the electric supply was marginal in most areas. The sanitation problems had multiplied manifold over the years and no new initiatives has been taken by the present Govt on urban development front.
Referring to the major initiatives taken in south Kashmir by previous Govt on human resource development and social sectors, Mufti said these had been completely reversed. The growth of south campus of Kashmir university has completely stopped and what ever had been achieved till 2008 even was in danger of degeneration. He said the auditorium and another hall in the Govt Degree College Anantnag that had been sanctioned by the previous Govt were still awaiting completion. Similarly work on the 300 bedded hospital was going on only at snails pace.
Mufti said people were facing immense difficulties in their daily travel on account of traffic congestion in Anantnag and adjacent areas. The traffic blockade at Panthachowk had become a chronic problem and in Anantnag the widening of roads and proposed construction of flyovers had made no headway.