CM Tours Srinagar Without Any Advance Sanitisation
10 June 2003
The Indian Express
Srinagar: For the first time since the eruption of militancy in J-K, the head of the state government today visited several parts of the summer capital without advance sanitisation. Few security persons could be seen as Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed toured the city for five hours with four local MLAs to assess developmental work and interact with the people. There were no diversions and traffic moved normally along routes taken by Sayeed's cavalcade. The Chief Minister assessed development works in progress at 24 places where he was briefed by senior officials and workers. He also met local people who apprised him with their problems and grievances. 'This is for the first time somebody has visited us,' local resident Ghulam Rasool said after Sayeed toured the Imambara at Zadibal in downtown Srinagar. During his 15-minute stop at Zadibal, the Chief Minister also visited the 700-year-old shrine of a saint. He asked the officials accompanying him to work on preserving the shrine as it could boost pilgrim tourism in the area. On the complaint of people, Sayeed asked BSF officials to remove unnecessary barricades on the Aljan Road leading to the Institute of Medical Sciences.