Opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road will lead to influx of tourists: Baig
6 February 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: In the run up to the proposed opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road a comprehensive plan is being drawn for the development and beautification of the twin towns of Baramulla and Uri which are going to become new gateways to the Kashmir valley. The plan for remodeling of the twin towns on modern lines would be implemented in a phased manner to achieve the objective of the holistic development within set time frame. This information was given at a joint meeting of the District Administration and prominent citizens of district Baramulla convened here today by the Minister for Finance & Planning, Muzaffar Hussain Baig. Speaking at the meeting the Minister said that the proposed reopening of the road link between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad would lead to huge influx of tourists and commuters to Baramulla and Uri for which adequate facilities need to be created in these twin towns. He asked the district administration to draw up a perspective and coordinated plan, within one month, for the development and beautification of the twin towns. He said the proposal should encompass holistic development of the Baramulla town with the creation of adequate boarding and lodging facilities, good road network, shopping complexes, truck terminals, guest houses, restaurants, community halls and proposals for beautification of the town including development of parks and multipurpose recreational facilities. Mr Baig suggested launching of a plantation drive alongside the banks of river Jehlum in the town besides creating mini parks and flower beds and adequate lighting facilities to make it attractive for the tourists. He directed the authorities to remove all the encroachments from the banks of the river so that work can be started on the development of parks at the earliest. Mr Baig said tourist resorts would be developed at Gujjar Sangri, Khadanyar, Sheri, Boosiyan and Azad Gunj with adequate recreational facilities like parks, gardens, guest houses and restaurants. He suggested construction of a multipurpose community hall in the town with a convention center. Regarding sanitation of the town, Mr Baig said that pit-holes would be dug in each congested mohalla to channelize the sewerage and human faeces into the same so that proper hygienic conditions are maintained in the town. It was decided in the meeting that a drive would be launched for widening of roads and creating parking facilities in the town to cope up with the traffic congestion. The meeting also decided to shift all the workshops from the municipal limits of the town with the creation of a separate truck terminal and bus stand. The other suggestions made at the meeting include shifting of Boys Higher Secondary School to Fresthar, construction of three pedestrian bridges in the Baramulla town and laying of footpaths. Besides District Development Commissioner and SSP Baramulla, representatives of Beopar Mandal, Fruit Growers Association, Gurdawara Prabhandhak Committee and other prominent citizens were present.