Mehbooba took stock of ongoing works of sports infrastructure, besides obtaining a firsthand appraisal on measures being taken to streamline vehicular traffic, a spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister first arrived at the multi-facility sports centre at Raj Bagh, known as Gindun, where she took note of the progress on repairs of structures that were damaged in the floods of 2014, he said. Over the slow pace of work, the Chief Minister said it would be very difficult for the state sports council to deliver the projects on time.
"Our youngsters have huge appetite for sports and unless we restore the necessary infrastructure which enables them to compete at higher levels, we wont be able to nurture their talent," she said.
At Batmaloo, Mehbooba sought cooperation from shopkeepers and vendors to help in de-congesting the city centre, the spokesperson said. She also assured the vendors that Srinagar Development Authority would identify land within the city centre for their relocation so that they are able to earn their livelihood with dignity.
"We need to restore public spaces for smooth movement of vehicles, which will ease hardships faced by commuters and pedestrians," she said.
Expressing concern over delay in completion of the second bridge near Qamarwari despite availability of funds, the Chief Minister said the people residing in the area have to face huge traffic jams, thus putting them to several hardships.
She fixed a deadline of March 31, 2017 for completion of the work. Mehbooba directed for expediting beautification of Jhelum Riverfront at Chattabal Wier, which could become an attractive sightseeing spot for tourist who would prefer a river cruise in the old city, the spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister also visited L D Hospital where she interacted with patients and attendants, most of whom "expressed satisfaction" with the delivery of service.