SDA likely to submit final draft of Srinagar Master Plan to cabinet next month

I&FC however has raised objections with regard to various flood zones

Srinagar: Srinagar Development Authority is likely to present the final draft of the Srinagar Master Plan to State Cabinet for approval in the beginning of the next month.

Highly placed sources said that nearly three hundred suggestions have been received by the authority which are being scrutinized in order to incorporate them in the final draft.

If sources are to be believed the preparation of the final draft has also hit a road block as the Irrigation and Flood Control Department has raised objections with regard to Shalimar and Athwajan flood zones. However sources added that a high level meeting involving Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Sham Chowdhary besides senior officers of various departments is on cards to iron out the differences.

Meanwhile, a meeting of senior officers of various departments headed by Administrative Secretary Housing and Local Bodies was held on Wednesday in Srinagar to review the progress of the preparation of final draft.

Vice Chairman SDA Abdul Majid Raina told KNS that nearly 287 objections and suggestions have been received by SDA which were discussed during today’s meeting. He said it will still take nearly twenty days to scrutinize all the suggestions that would allow committee to decide which one is to be incorporated in the final draft.

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Raina further said that a comprehensive strategy is being adopted to prepare a full proof final draft that was likely to be submitted to state cabinet in the beginning of coming year.

In the meantime the committee decided to constitute a Sub-Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, which shall submit the detailed report within 15 days to the chairman of the Committee.

It was also decided that after completion of scrutinizing the objections/suggestions a meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister will be held and Minister for I&FC Department, MLA’s and Chief Engineer will be also requested to attend the meet, so that a comprehensive and detailed document is presented before the state Cabinet.

The meeting was attended by the constituted Committee members viz Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Commissioner SMC, Vice Chairman SDA(Member Secretary), representative of Vice Chairman LAWDA, besides other officers of SDA and Town Planning Organization, Kashmir.

(With inputs from KNS)

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