Mufti Goes To People's Doorstep
18 February 2003
Jammu: It was a rather unusual day for Jammu residents. It isn't every day that one stumbles upon the state chief minister while walking in the dingy by-lanes. Amid heavy showers and cold weather conditions, brushing aside his security cover and going deep inside the narrow, congested lanes both on foot and in vehicle, mingling with the common man to have first-hand assessment of his needs, Mr Mufti Mohammed Sayeed came across as a model chief minister on Monday. It was a pleasant surprise for many people at City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Raj Tilak Road and Parade to find the chief minister at their doorsteps asking them of their needs. He readily stopped whenever anyone approached him and heard them patiently. Keen to improve the city environs and remove traffic congestion in Jammu, Mr Mufti Sayeed, accompanied by the deputy chief minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, some of his Cabinet colleagues and top bureaucrats and police officers, visited several parts of the old city and announced on-the-spot decisions after interacting with locals. In a span of only three hours, the chief minister had planned a parking lot for more than 1,000 cars, shopping mall with Tawi river front development, parks, walkways and multi-storeyed parking-cum-commercial complexes. This is a part of the Jammu city beautification campaign.An integrated parking lot would be created for about 500 vehicles in two phases. In the first phase, a two-tier parking lot will be built replacing a city police station and super bazaar. In the second phase, the excise complex and central basic high school will be taken up. The school building will be remodeled with a play ground of its own and proper landscaping. The existing police station would be shifted to the Doctors' Lane near secretariat. The second major project to create a parking lot was identified at the Doctors' Lane where a three-tier parking space would be created for about 200 vehicles. Accommodation in flats would be provided to the medical staff presently living in the area. The entire area would be re-developed to make best use of the available space with proper landscaping. Both these projects would be taken up by the Jammu Development Authority. At Parade, the chief minister asked the officers to beautify the area between Brahman Sabha and PDD office at Indira Chowk. He was informed about the Jammu Municipality's proposal to set up a Rs 14-crore 8-storeyed parking-cum-commercial complex.