Batamaloo Bus Stand to now house ‘Mini Secretariat’

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday directed the setting up of a ‘Mini Secretariat’ at the Batamaloo Bus Stand in Srinagar to “decongest the city.”

The directions come amid protests by transporters and traders over the government’s decision to shift the  bus stand to Parimpora on the city outskirts.

The High Court recently declared the bus stand as illegal and asked authorities to seal it but transporters and traders say the move will severely affect the livelihood of thousands of people.

Addressing  a review meeting of District Development Board Srinagar, the Chief Minister directed concerned officials to prepare a  Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the ‘Mini Secretariat’ , an official spokesman said.

“She expressed dismay that a large number of offices of district administration are scattered across the city which ought to be brought under one roof. She said with the setting up of these offices at one place, many areas of the city would be de congested and on the other hand people would be having all the offices at one place as well,” an official handout said.

Mehbooba also directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to demarcate boundaries of important water bodies of the city like Gile Sar, Khushal Sar, Brarl- i -Nambal and others at the earliest.

“She asked the Urban Development Secretary to take restoration of these water bodies on priority which provide an aesthetic cushion to city life. She expressed dismay over the condition of Dal lake and other water bodies and said that given the condition of the lake, she has decided to take a review of its cleaning and de weeding every 10 days,” the handout said.

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