Work on SDA’s Shehjar apartments going on in full swing

Work on SDA’s Shehjar apartments going on in full swing

Mudasir Yaqoob

Srinagar: Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) is planning to add five floors more to its Shehjar apartments at Bemina here.
Officials said after the completion of the project, it will be largest building in Kashmir. SDA is constructing more than 500 residential apartments on 90 kanals of land as part of its efforts to expand the capital city vertically.
“The construction is going on full pace. The demand for these apartments has also increased,” said an SDA official.
He added that construction of five additional floors have been proposed keeping in view the summer capital will have no land left for horizontal expansion for residential purposes— if the current land use pattern continues.
“With adding of five more floors, the height of the building would be approximately 150 feet. Thus, it would be the highest tower in Kashmir,” he said.
Keeping in tune with the fast-changing urban landscape of Srinagar and mounting stress on its scarce land resources, a vertical housing colony Shehjar Apartments is under construction at Bemina.
According to data collected by the town planning organisation, at present limited land is suitable for development in Srinagar. Out of total area of 766 sq kms, 160 sq kms is already developed.
In addition, 157 sq kms (28 percent area) is ecologically fragile, 107 sq km (14 percent area) has medium to high vulnerability to floods, 31 sq kms (4 percent of area) is restricted area under defense use, parks and graveyards.
This leaves the city with just 311 sq kms of land for all kinds of constructions.
“In crude terms, about 57 percent of the total area cannot be used for any development,” reads a report by the town planning organisation.
To tackle the situation, the Shehjar vertical building project will accommodate 800 families, or 4000 souls. However, the number would increase with construction of additional floors.
The project was scheduled to be completed by September 2020, however the work was stopped in view of COVID19 pandemic.
“Shehjar apartments will open doors to future living in the city under the concept of cluster housing units,” said an official.
The 3D visualization of Shehjar Apartments through graphics and animation shows that besides vertical building, it would have 40 feet wide main road and 30 feet wide internal roads transecting various apartment blocks.
The apartment complex will also have parking, recreational areas, marriage hall, shopping mall, elevators, round-the-clock power backup for common spaces and other modern facilities. (GK)

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