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CS examines revival of heritage sites

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, September 5: The Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta chaired the meeting today to take stock of the sites to be taken over under the program “Revival, Restoration, Preservation and Maintenance of Architecture and heritage in Jammu and Kashmir”.
The meeting took place in the presence of the Commissioner Secretary, Culture; Secretary, Tourism; Director of Tourism, Jammu and several other government officials from relevant departments.
The Chief Secretary urged officers to include as many sites as possible that have great cultural significance and social appeal. He underlined the need to find a balance in the selection of sites belonging to the different socio-religious communities.
Dr. Mehta advised officers to take utmost care of the original ingredients and architecture when carrying out restoration work at these heritage sites. He insisted on maintaining the aesthetic, cultural and historical aura of each site while supporting new work on these sites.
The sites include dozens of sites from both divisions of UT. Some of the important sites to be taken over for revival and restoration include Basohli Kathua Fort, Machail Mata Temple, Sarthal Mata Temple, Shriomani Deri Nangali Sahib Gurudwara Poonch, Sharika Devi Tempke Srinagar, Baba Shukoor-ud-Din Baramulla, Shamas Faqeer Budgam, Sheikh ulAlam Shrine Qaimoh Kulgam and dozens more in all J&K districts.
On occasion, the General Secretary also instructed the officers to have close coordination between the Departments of School Education, Higher Education, Rural Development, Urban Development and Youth Services and Sports in order to give a boost to cultural and sporting activities at the level of the Panchayat.
Dr. Mehta observed that every person, regardless of age, gender, or economic background, has an inherent talent within them and only needs encouragement to bring it out. He argued that our younger generation is exceptionally talented and deserves to be nurtured to make the most of it. He stressed the need to provide them with opportunities at every level to achieve greatness in their lives.
He asked the departments to integrate ongoing sports activities with those of cultural activities. He told them to use these events to promote ‘Nasha Mukht Abhiyan’ and ‘Digital Literacy’ for the benefit of the masses.
The Chief Secretary further emphasized the need to make the Twin Cities vibrant cultural hubs where some sort of activities take place daily. He remarked that relevant places like Bahu Fort, Mubarak Mandi, Char Chinar, Nehru Park in addition to the infrastructure present in these towns should be fully utilized to promote local culture and artists here.
He also provided an update on the process of selecting heritage revitalization and restoration sites in different J&K neighborhoods. The meeting also provided the administrative approval agreement for carrying out the restoration, preservation and maintenance of Salal Fort, a heritage site in Reasi district of UT.

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