Durbar moves to Srinagar, offices reopen today


Srinagar: The Jammuand Kashmir government is all set to function for next six months in summer capital Srinagar from today as part of bi-annual Darbar Move – the century old practice introduced by erstwhile Dogra regime.

This would be the first move of newly formed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government after its takeover in March.

The government has made all the necessary arrangements including security in the city, particularly in and around Civil Secretariat where Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed would be given guard of honour by police.

The authorities have deployed additional number of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personal outside the Civil Secretariat as well as in its neighbourhood and are maintaining strict vigil.

The movement of VIPs on City roads may affect the common people but authorities insist that adequate arrangements have been made for smooth functioning of traffic. “We appeal people to follow the traffic plan,” an official said.

On the reopening of offices the Secretariat  will have 9.30 AM to 5 PM workday and the offices located outside the Secretariat, work will have 10 AM to 4 PM workday.

Meanwhile, police said that surveillance in the areas and localities in the vicinity of the Secretariat has been stepped up to check for any suspected elements. Besides traffic diversions have also been enforced on the routes close to the summer capital.

IGP Kashmir Gillani said that all the security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth functioning of the Secretariat. “Security has been stepped up with additional deployment of forces in and around the secretariat. Nobody will be allowed to disrupt the opening of Secretariat,” he said and added that prohibitory orders have been imposed around Secretariat.

The Raj Bhavan will also start its functioning in the summer capital. 


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