Sopore: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday laid the foundation of several roads up-gradation and widening projects in the twin north Kashmir districts of Baramulla and Bandipora involving an investment of Rs 60 crore. In Sopore, instead of laying traditional foundation stones, the portable wooden plaque was used to kick-start a new trend.
A large sized plaque made of cedar wood was unveiled by the chief minister in presence of her cabinet colleagues and officers. This was a deviation from installation of the fixed foundation stones-a tradition adhered to by the authorities for decades.
Kashmir Reader correspondent spoke to the people who have made these portable wooden foundation memorials in Sopore. “We have made such thing first time in our life, even the R&B department of Sopore who gave us this order to make three of such wooden foundation frames were having no clear idea,” Faizan, who masters the art of wood-carving told Kashmir Reader.
“Six to eight carpenters were used to make the frame which costs around Rs 30,000,” he said.
“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appreciated the idea,” executive engineer R&B department Sopore, Gurdev Singh said. He hoped the plague would be used across the valley for its efficacy, elegance and portability.