Planning New Urban Areas in Kashmir

Planning New Urban Areas in Kashmir

Under a new government program Srinagar is to be a “SMART CITY”. Earlier PDP Election Manifesto called for building “Mega Cities and Model Villages” and “Upgrade towns … to cities” in Kashmir.  These seemingly nice ideas are faulty propositions that do not resolve the underlying issues of traffic congestion, air and water pollution and the… Continue Reading

SAVE THE DAL

SAVE THE DAL

Dal Lake   For every new government in Kashmir “Save the Dal” becomes top government priority, for the last five decades. Every Chief Minister orders urgent measures for protection of the Dal. Every new head of LAWDA on assuming office tours in his official speed boat to punish polluters. Every year the Dal continues to… Continue Reading

City Master Plan for Srinagar

City Master Plan for Srinagar

Change.org petition to restore credible leadership of the city planning organization in Srinagar Please add your name to the following petition requesting the J & K Government to reinstate Mr. Iftikhar Hakim, a highly qualified, experienced City Planner  who was recently relieved of his duties.  His replacement has very limited planning education and no work… Continue Reading

2014 Flood and the Aftermath

2014 Flood and the Aftermath

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD Published by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Review by Morgan Campbell Civil Society Now! Eight months after the Flood of 2014 inundated Srinagar city and its surrounding areas in Kashmir a comprehensive account of the flood and its underlying causes came into publication, quietly.  Titled: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD, the report is authored by… Continue Reading

We Have a WINNER

We Have a WINNER

Irfan Bhat of KashmirFOA After School Program, recently won the first prize in a painting competition in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Irfan is multi talented, he aspires to be an electric engineer but in the meantime keeps “bagging” awards in art competitions. CONGRATULATIONS Irfan, you make us proud! Read about Ifran in his own… Continue Reading