Beautification Project For Jamia Masjid In Offing

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SRINAGAR — The Divisional Com­missioner Kashmir, Baseer Ah­mad Khan, Saturday said that the government is committed to preserve unique heritage es­sence of historic Jamia Masjid. The Divisional Commissioner was speaking at a meeting con­vened to review the develop­mental and beautification works in and around the Grand Mosque of the valley. On the occasion, the Div Com was informed that Tourism department has already spent Rs 3.93 crore against Rs 4.29 crore Union Government’s project to beautify the Jamia Masjid premises including de­veloping its market and improv­ing the light system and the con­struction of Information Center. The Information Centre is a component of the beautification project, costing Rs 1.02 crore.

He directed Tourism Depart­ment to complete facade works, ladies ablution blocks and other remaining works immediately so that the devotees do not face any inconvenience during their visit­ing to this grand place. The Tour­ism department officers further informed that the department had formulated a Detailed Proj­ect Report (DPR) at an estimated cost Rs 6.29 crore for beautifica­tion works which include laser-lit fountains, Heritage lighting, landscaping, modern fencing and other beautification works in and around the Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta, Srinagar.

Chief Engineer PDD informed that the department had already spent Rs 2.21 crores for the un­derground cabling, installation of the high voltage generator, installation of ornamental lights and other necessary electrifica­tion and the remaining works which will be completed by the end of March 2019.

Fire and Emergency depart­ment was directed to prepare a proposal for the installation of Fire Alarms, besides Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) made a proposal for the Anti-Ter­mite spraying works on wooden blocks in and around the histori­cal Jamia Masjid and send it to the DC Srinagar for the approval.

The meeting was further in­formed that R&B had construct­ed Community Hall near Jamia Masjid. The Hall is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.87 crores, which is now available for the convenience of the local population.

The Div Com further called for close coordination and dedicated efforts among the concerned De­partments to preserve the histor­ical and heritage value of Jamia Masjid Srinagar for the visiting tourists and future generation.

Deputy Commissioner Sri­nagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director Tourism Nisar Ahmad Wani, Chief Engineer PDD Hash­mat Qazi, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif Yasin, Commissioner SMC Peer Hafizullah, Joint Direc­tor Fire and Emergency Services Bashir Ahmad Shah, Assistant Commissioner with Div Com Qazi Irfan and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.

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