Srinagar, 05 September: Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta chaired the meeting today to take stock of the sites to be taken care of under the program “Revival, Restoration, Preservation and Maintenance of the architecture and heritage in Jammu and Kashmir”.
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.
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 Chief Secretary has also instructed officers to have close coordination between the Departments of School Education, Higher Education, Rural Development, Urban Development and Youth Services and sports to boost cultural and sports activities at the Panchayat level.
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 made it clear that relevant places like Bahu Fort, Mubarak Mandi, Char Chinar, Nehru Par