Admin to construct Gurdwara at adjacent location: DC Sgr
After the gap of 13 years government has resolved the relocation case of Damdama Sahib Gurdwara on Srg-Bla highway at Zainakote and assured that it would be reconstructed at adjacent location within year.
The issue was pending since 2006, when the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) started their expansion work on the Srinagar-Barmulla highway.
The expansion work on Parimpora-Narbal stretch of Srinagar-Baramulla national highway was completed in 2013, while four bottlenecks remained unsettled on the road.
After that in 2011, government provided alternate land for Gurdwara at nearby location but the land owner refused and got a stay order from the Court.
An official at District Commissioner Srinagar’s office told Rising Kashmir that there were 4 bottle necks on the highway that were unsettled since 2006.
“All bottle necks on the highway have been resolved by the district administration with the support of Damdama Gurdwara committee,” the official said.
As per official the administration will provide land for the Gurdwara at an adjacent spot and would also reconstruct the Gurdawara very soon.
The official said admin has also started processing transfer of land and has assured to Gurdwara managing committee the earliest reconstruction of the project.
Earlier, 27 to 30 meetings were held by the higher government officials to resolve the issue but things remained unchanged on the ground as they could not motivate the parties.
Damdama Gurdwara was built in 1947 and was a resting place for the Sikhs migrating from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, a committee member of Gurdwara Committee, Chatur Veer Singh Raina said they are satisfied with the decision of the administration.
“We were waiting from past 13 years but nobody was listening to our pleas. Now we welcome the much awaited decision of the district administration,” he said.
Raina said they are thankful to the DC Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary for his efforts. “We expect that project would be completed very soon,” he said. “It was a historic decision for the Sikh committee,” Raina added.
DC Srinagar Choudhary told Rising Kashmir that they have resolved the issue of relocation of Gurdwara on Srg-Bla highway.
“After various discussions with the Gurdwara committee the issue was finally resolved. We offered them 12 marlas of land instead of existing 7 marlas at an adjacent place,” he said.
Choudhary said the land for the Gurdwara Sahib has been acquired already and they would also build the Gurdwara within next 7-8 months.
“The admin has also provided them a hut as temporary worship place until the Gurdwara Sahib is complete,” he said.
DC also informed that design for Gurdwara would be prepared by the local Gurdwara committee and then it would be built by the Public Works Department.
Srinagar admin has also resolved the pending compensation case of petrol station owner on the highway, which was major bottleneck hampering the said expansion.
Apart from these two cases, DC also has ordered shifting of utilities of Power Development Department and Public Health Engineering Department from the highway.
They have been directed to complete the shifting of utilities within next 5-6 days.