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Floriculture Park lying in shambles in Anantnag village

Floriculture Park lying in shambles in Anantnag village
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Anantnag: A floriculture park in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district is lying in shambles as authorities have not started work again on this park after the clampdown announced in August last year when the erstwhile state was downgraded to a UT.
Locals from Halmulla and Sethar area of Anantnag said that park located on the banks of river was approved during the PDP-BJP government.
They said that soon after its approval for being turned into a public park was the civil works was started. However, due to unknown reasons it was left half way.
After spending lakhs of rupees on turning the land into a public park, the government forgot to complete the project.
“The work was left midway and sine then no attention is being provided towards this park,” Mushtaq Ahmad, a local resident said.
He said that due to presence of wild bhung, this park has become heaven of drug addicts but there is no one to take any action against them as well.
Interestingly, the locals had rejoiced the government’s plan to turn the barren piece o land into a public park, however, their joy proved to be short-lived.
“The government’s failure to complete the project compelled us to approach several senior officials but as of now the project continues to be in a limbo and our pleas to complete it have fallen on deaf ears,” another local lamented.
When contacted, Assistant Floriculture officer Anantnag Mohamad Asif said that the contractor who has worked on the park is yet to get some payment and there are no funds available with the department at the moment.
He added that we have informed higher ups in this regard and work will be started once funds will be released.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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