Bagh e Mehtab
Bagh e Mehtab
|Founded by||Mehtab Begum|
|• Type||Government of Jammu and Kashmir|
|• Body||Srinagar Municipal Corporation|
|Elevation||1,594 m (5,230 ft)|
|• Official||Kashmiri, Urdu, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Bagh e Mehtab (literally: Garden of Mehtab) is located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, about 7 km away from city centre, Lal Chowk.The area is primarily a residential area with a government housing colony and private colony.
The settled population is majorly (99%) Sunni Muslim, immigrated from different parts of Kashmir valley. It comes under Ward 69, Srinagar South, of Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
The area is located on the banks of the river Doodganga (literally: The Ganges of Milk), which has its source in the upper reaches of Yusmarg.
The locality comes on the Chadoora - Charari Sharief - Yusmarg highway. Since last few years, the traffic on the road has increased considerably, that includes rash driving done by trucks, Tata Sumo and Chevrolet Tavera passenger service vehicles.
The Banihal - Baramula DEMU railway line passes through the railway bridge ending at Bagh e Mehtab periphery. Thus, the train horn is commonly experienced. The tiny bridge adjacent to it, is the link for commuters to Rawalpora, saving them five to six kilometers of distance.
It was named after Mehtab Begum, who migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947. After the migration, the land was taken by the custodian department of the State.
The whole area was initially an orchard of around 600 kanals, with plum and apple trees planted across the whole area, before its allotment as a residential settlement.
An area in the neighbourhood was used as an interrogation centre by the local police before 1980s. The location now has been converted into a public park, which is nicknamed as 'Jail Park'.
The neighbourhood hosts its own public parks, a residential quarter called Sheikh ul Alam apartments, gymnasiums such as Hard Knox and Royal Club, a snooker point, a car service vendor called Haseen Motors, commercial complexes such as Al Gani Plaza and Al Azhar Complex, a marriage hall cum auditorium, a Jama Masjid, Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch, a modern grocery store such as Blooms, and India Post facility. Dr Lal PathLabs collection facility and a Bharat Petroleum petrol/diesel pump station are a walking distance away.
During summers, Hotel New Sahil, in the neighbourhood, hosts many number of Indian tourists, who mainly come to visit Kashmir in bus tours.
Office of Yusmarg Development Authority is situated in Bagh e Mehtab.
A part of the neighbourhood on the highway has been illegally occupied and encroached by some immigrated tribal nomads from Indian plains, whose main livelihood was catching stray cats and wild jackals, abundant in the area long back, and they used their skin to manufacture women purses, bags and footwear.
Stray Dog Menace
Local press has reported that a pack of 20-30 stray dogs litter the garbage, and are chasing the pedestrians, in the suburb lately, creating problems in the social life, especially safety of small children.
- Gazi, Marouf. Awaiting tragedy? Bagh-e-Mehtab to Rawalpora Bridge a ‘deathtrap’ for commuters https://freepresskashmir.com/2017/12/28/awaiting-tragedy-bagh-e-mehtab-to-rawalpora-bridge-a-deathtrap-for-commuters/ . Free Press Kashmir. Retrieved October 28 2018,.
- News Desk. Municipal Polls: Clashes in Bagh-e-Mehtab, Machoo area of Srinagar https://freepresskashmir.com/2018/10/08/municipal-polls-clashes-in-bagh-e-mehtab-machoo-area-of-srinagar/ . Free Press Kashmir. Retrieved October 28 2018.
- GKNN. Dogs on prowl in Baghi Mehtab. https://m.greaterkashmir.com/news/srinagar-city/dogs-on-prowl-at-bagh-e-mehtab/295119.html . Greater Kashmir Retrieved October 28 2018.
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