SMC to change names of two roads in Srinagar

Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar (NVI): After Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), it is Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) now, that is planning to rename two road stretches in the city.

Regal Chowk to Amira Kadal Bridge in Srinagar will be named after slain Rising Kashmir founder Shujaat Bukhari. Kashmir University (KU) to Lal Bazar road will be named after slain vice-chancellor Professor Mushir-ul-Haq.

Bukhari was assassinated along with his guards at Press Enclave in Partap Park on July 14, 2018. Prof Mushir-ul-Haq was killed after he was abducted by suspected militants in the nineties.

Junaid Azim Mattu, SMC Mayor, in a tweet said that they are, “Proposing a resolution for voting in the General Council of SMC to name/rename following prominent roads/chowks in Srinagar. Name road from Regal Chowk to Amira Kadal Bridge as `Shujaat Bukhari Road’. Name road from Hazratbal Chowk to Sadrabal/Lal Bazar as ‘Mushir-ul-Haq Road’.”

Mattu said he would be moving the resolution in the forthcoming SMC general council session for rechristening two roads. “I will propose both resolutions for voting as per the J&K MC Act 2000. More previously unnamed roads and prominent crossing will be named after historical figures who have contributed vastly to the city and our society at large,” he said.

Post abrogation of Article 370, the central government has changed the names of many places in the Union Territory. Kashmir’s water supply department had been renamed as Jal Shakti department. Chenani-Nashri Tunnel has been renamed after Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh which later became BJP.

However, the renaming of the streets drew mixed reactions from the people with most of them suggesting names for other streets.