The state of Jammu & Kashmir. This became a reality last year when India's government decided to abrogate the UT's special powers and convert it into a full-fledged state. This allowed the widespread opening of commercial avenues, including movie theaters. The Hospitality company is the one in charge of the first-ever multiplex in Srinagar. But it seems the project is stuck. Here are the details.
According to a report by Deccan Herald, the first multiplex in Srinagar seems to have hit a roadblock. This is happening because the owner of the company responsible has blamed authorities for causing hurdles in the project.
Vijay Dhar, owner of The Hospitality, and a prominent businessman in the area, has alleged that the Badami Bagh Cantonment Board is behind these hurdles. It is reportedly raising objections even when construction is near completion.
The reason behind this confusion is that while the company claims J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik had given the go-ahead for multiplexes in the Kashmiri city, the Cantt Board says only permission to construct a hotel was given on the same land.
To recall, cinema halls were present in Srinagar till the 1980s, before the 1989 militancy attacks prompted widespread closure in the city. They were again opened up in 1998 but militant attacks forced cinema hall owners to shut shop for good.
However, with a confident abrogation and a solid step by the Indian government, commerce seems to be coming back to Kashmir again. Hopefully, Kashmiris will soon be able to watch the latest releases at a theater near them.