STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Former Finance Minister, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday called on the Governor Satya Pal Malik and discusses various issues. Bukhari brought various issues of public importance into notice of the Governor. He also discussed progress on various Central and State Government development schemes under implementation in Srinagar city especially in Amirakadal constituency and pleaded for expediting their completion. Emphasising upon the need of construction of grade separators at Sanat Nagar, Nowgam and Bemina crossings, Bukhari urged the Governor to facilitate approval and release of requisite funds, so that work on these projects can be started at the earliest. He also highlighted importance of these projects in minimising accidents and decongestion of traffic at these junctions. Bukhari also demanded macadamization in Gangbugh area of Amirakadal, where major project of drainage has already been completed. Similarly, he also highlighted importance of establishing an Irrigation Pump Station in view of frequently interrupted irrigation water supply for around 115 acres of paddy and other agricultural land in Rawalpora and other adjoining areas. Bukhari also demanded establishment of a Government Primary Health Center and Government Primary School at Mehjoor Nagar at already identified chunk of Government land. He said that a huge population in this ward is suffering for want of these facilities, as both the institutions are currently being run in rented-rooms with no standard facilities available therein. He also invited the attention of the Governor towards establishment of a fire service station at the same location to cater any kind of eventuality. Regarding condition of public parks, Bukhari urged the Governor to direct Floriculture and Tourism Departments to focus on maintenance of existing parks in entire Srinagar especially in Amirakadal constituency besides installing hi-mast lights and recreational facilities for children and old-age people. He also pleaded for revamping of drainage system at Gulshan Nagar (Nowgam), where the ERA had started construction long time back without following proper alignment and other specifications. The Governor assured the former Minister of all necessary cooperation from the administration for mitigating sufferings of people.
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