DC Srinagar visits Khanqah-e-Maula; takes stock of restoration work

Srinagar—Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Friday visited the Khanqah-i-Moula shrine of Hazrat Amir-e-Kabir Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) to take stock of restoration work taken up in the wake of November 15 fire incident there.

The DC was informed that the main restoration work at the shrine will be started on December 5, after the setting up of scaffolding – which is currently underway – has been completed.

The installation of scaffolding for access to the top of the shrine has been envisaged in order to ensure there is no hindrance in prayers at the shrine as well as in consideration of safety concerns for devotees.

It was reiterated that the restoration work will be completed within 60 days.

While reiterating the great reverence of the Sufi saint and his shrine, Dr. Shah impressed upon the concerned officers to remember that it is a matter of pride to be involved in the restoration work of the shrine.

The DC called for time-bound completion of the work, instructing that there be must be no time-overstretch therein at all.

Dr. Shah also called for closest coordination between JKPCC and INTACH to ensure there is maximum possible adherence to the original design of the part of shrine damaged in the fire.

He also stressed on ensuring total structural stability of the shrine and exhorted upon the concerned to take personal interests in its restoration.

Dr. Shah also called for ensuring high standards of ethics by workers involved in the restoration work at the revered shrine.

On the occasion, the DC also visited the surrounding areas of the shrine to get a first-hand assessment of the proposed expansion of the shrine. He asked for details of status of acquisition process for the expansion.

Dr. Shah said the acquisition shall be taken up in earnest and that the affected will be rehabilitated appropriately.

The DC was accompanied by senior officers from JKPCC, INTACH, R&B, Wakf Board, Revenue and Police.

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