The Chief Minister of Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has reshuffled the civil administration just like one reshuffles a pack of cards: without much thought for development and without much concern for Kashmir.
The Lakes and Water Ways is headed by Ms.Tanweer Jehangir and this department has come under a lot of fire recently for its inability to save the Dal Lake. The High Court had to intervene and that made the department move it’s muscles a little bit, just a little teeny weeny bit. But, in this administrative reshuffle there is no sign of reshuffle in the Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority. One wonders why? The Kashmir’s Lakes and Rivers could benefit very much if an able and capable officer with the guts to do the job was posted, but then it is Kashmir.
Farooq Ahmed Shah has been posted as Director Tourism, Kashmir. This is awesome! He was the Director of Gulmar Cable Car Project and managed Gulmarg Development Authority as well. Gulmarg’s eco-health is nearing it’s end. It is gone. And one wonders why this person has been elevated to the most crucial position of the Kashmir valley. And now Kashmir will move fast to it’s ecological suicide, thanks to the reshuffle! If you think I am biased, read this official report about gulmarg:
It seems that development is for the elites by the elites and there is not any attempt to enhance the quality of the common man’s life. The Gulmarg Cable Car Project is yet another example of inappropriate development. In the execution of the project many fully grown trees have already been cut and more are expected to be butchered. Although the estimated cost of the project is placed at more than Rs.40 crore, there is hardly any chance of economic and financial advantage from it. An individual is supposed to pay Rs.100 and a family of five Rs.500 for the gondola trip. But how many families in India can afford this in addition to other expenditure on a trip to the state? I think it would be wiser to follow an independent and creative path, in harmony with the social conditions and the cultural heritage of the state, for its development schemes.
Wonder of wonders is Kashmir.