Pardeep Singh Bali
After silencing the dissenting voices, the concerned authorities are likely to start the work on the proposed Rs 201 cr multi-parking project, which was otherwise facing objection from the local shopkeepers over compensation and rehabilitation issues.
Talking to Newspoint, Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority (JDA)-Mubarak Singh said that they had some issues, which are now resolved and the work on the project will start within next one and half month.
“The major issue of compensating and rehabilitating shopkeepers is under process and soon the work on the project will take off,” Mubarak Singh, adding that over 142 shopkeepers were affecting with this project. “We have rehabilitated 75 at Transport Nagar, Narwal, while as rest of the shopkeepers will get shops after the completion of the project, which will probably take two years,” he said.
Interestingly, two foundation stones have so far been laid on two different sites near Jammu Bus Stand for the proposed Parking Project by two former Chief Ministers-Omar Abdullah and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but the project has so far failed to take off.
In September 2014, during Omar led government, a foundation stone was laid, and later in October 2015, the former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also laid another foundation stone at a distance of few feet away from the foundation stone laid by the Omar Government.
According to sources after the executing agency-Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Limited-shifted its utilities to the construction site, the shopkeepers and traders objected while raising their demands of rehabilitation and compensation following which the construction work was stopped.
“And later after the demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January this year and imposition of Governor Rule, the work on the project was completely stalled” sources added.
The monitoring agency for the project-JDA has, however, set 2017 as deadline to complete the project, but having a glimpse of the construction site, one will be amazed to know that even the last foundation stone laid by former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has also been dismantled by the transporters because the wall of the foundation stone was a major hindrance to park their buses at the Bus Stand Jammu.
The project, if completed, will have a total build-up area of 60,000 square meters with a five storey building and a ground floor. With the commissioning of the project, there would be a parking facility for 80 buses and 1300 cars. With this, there would be number of kiosks for shopping besides air conditioned ticket booking office, waiting hall and refreshment facilities.
Out of total 60,000 square meter buildup area; there would be a commercial complex (Shopping Mall) of over 10,000 square meters with fully air conditioned facility.
Pertinently the idea for the project was conceived about 11 years back and since then, the project has been facing delays due to one or other reasons.