Restoration of 37 heritage sites at J&K UT set to begin with funds made available to DCs – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Rs 11 cr released for 18 monuments in Jammu area
Archive experts to help maintain the original architecture
Mohinder Verma
JAMMU, 13 August: Much needed restoration of 37 heritage sites across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is set to commence as funds have been made available to the Deputy Commissioners by the Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums, which will also provide expert advice to the Department of Roads and Buildings in maintaining the original architecture of these monuments.
Official sources told EXCELSIOR that under the program for the revival, restoration, preservation and maintenance of architecture and heritage in Jammu and Kashmir, funds have been released for 35 heritage sites – 18 in Jammu province and 17 in Kashmir Valley for the start of repairs. and renovation works.
In order to ensure a quick start of work at these heritage sites strictly in accordance with the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) already prepared by the Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums, funds have been made available to sub- commissioners with the management that the repair, renovation and conservation works must be carried out without any deviation from the original architecture of the monuments/heritage sites.
They were further instructed to ensure that the Department of Roads and Buildings, which will carry out the work, uses appropriate construction materials and technology in order to maintain the original character of the monuments.
The executing agency was also requested to complete all code formalities and ensure the submission of a monthly progress report (physical/financial) no later than the 5th of each month to the respective deputy directors of the Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums for subsequent submission to the administration. Department.
It has also been decided that the Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums will provide expert advice to the executing agency to ensure that the original architecture of each heritage site is maintained during the restoration work.
As for Jammu province, Rs 1.85 crore has been released for repair/renovation of Krimchi fort, Jaganoo fort, Charai Muttal and Ladden Kotli fort in Udhampur district while Rs 55 lakh was provided for Jaffer Chak Masjid, Sumah Akhnoor Temple and Gurudwara Sundar Singh near Raghunath Bazaar Jammu.
Similarly, Rs 1.77 crore has been released for the repair/renovation of Thein fort, Jaggannath temple near Jasrota fort, Hanuman temple near Jasrota fort and Jasmergarh fort at Jandi in Kathua district while for the Bamuchak temple and Mahoregarh fort in Samba district, an amount of Rs one crore was released.
For the restoration of Ghoda Gali in Gool area of ​​Ramban district, an amount of Rs 29.19 lakh was handed over to Deputy Commissioner Ramban while an amount of Rs 5.35 crore was sanctioned for the restoration of the Salal fort at Batal Gala, Barood Khana at Salal Fort, Bhim Garh Fort and Bathing Ghat at Dera Baba Ji shrine in Reasi district.
“Heritage sites in neighborhoods that could not be included in phase I of the architectural and heritage revitalization, restoration, preservation and maintenance program will be taken into account in phase II,” they said. sources said, adding “in the next phase, the district administrations will also take charge of the remaining 115 sites (Sufi sites and heritage sites) for related works.”
They revealed that a multidimensional approach to the relaunch of these sites has been taken into consideration, which involves the inclusion of additional directional and information development signs, signage, public amenities, drinking water, facade lighting, enclosure wall, etc. the structural component.
It is relevant to mention here that a conceptual idea of ​​“Heritage Mapping” has also been prepared to create a digital footprint of heritage sites and link it to Google Maps to educate/inform stakeholders and individuals for the benefit of population of J&K UT. Once, through coordinated efforts, these sites return to their original position, the livelihood activities of various local stakeholders and locals will increase.