The Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex is on the verge of fading away due to fast crumbling structures and apathetic attitude of various stakeholders responsible for restoring its pristine glory but on Friday when Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday chaired the 5th Governing body meeting of the Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society (MMJHS) the expert panel discussed matters pertaining to shifting of LT/HT lines and substation from the complex to the new identified site.
The Chief Minister said that after ascertaining the feasibility the Power Development Department would take urgent steps in this regard. He said that the amount required for the purpose would be made available to the department.
Highlighting the heritage importance of Mubarak Mandi Complex, the Chief Minister said that the Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society and the Department of Tourism and Culture need to work in close co-ordination to implement the mega programme launched for restoration of the historic complex.
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The Chief Minister directed that the restoration work under execution by Tourism Department should necessarily be in consonance with heritage norms and as per the specification laid down for restoration of heritage works.
The meeting also discussed restoration of Raja Amar Singh Palace involving Rs.24 crores, Dogra Art Museum, Badi Deodi, Royal Court and Gadvi Khana costing Rs.20 crores besides Mahal of Raja Ram Singh’s Queen involving Rs.9.95 crores.
It was stated that Archaeological Survey of India has been entrusted the restoration work of these ancient monuments.It was not clear whether the same amount has already been released to carry out the restoration work or the state govt is awaiting sanction of money to kick start the restoration work.
The meeting discussed the project for restoration of Raja Ram Singh Palace, Darbar Hall and Central Courtyard involving Rs.24.92 crores. Matters relating to new museum and upgradation of Dogra Art Museum also came up for discussion.
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The Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society, Soujanya Sharma in a power point presentation explained the agenda items and presented resume of the measures under implementation for restoration of Mubarak Mandi Complex.
The Minister for Tourism, G. A. Mir, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Mr. Raman Bhalla, Legislator, Ashok Khajuria, Principal Secretary, Planning, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Finance, B. B. Vyas, Secretary, Tourism, Zaffar Ahmad, various heads of the departments and senior officers besides the Members of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society were present in the meeting.