SRINAGAR: To review the progress of construction of Silk Factory building at Rajbagh Srinagar under the Restoration and Strengthening of Livelihood component of the Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Friday chaired a meeting here. The project is funded by the World Bank, an official handout issued here read.
According to the document, Conservation Architect and Director, CRCI (Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative) India Pvt. Ltd, Gurmeet S. Rai gave a detailed presentation on various aspects of the design drawings of Silk Factory Rajbagh, in order “to preserve and revitalise it, as a heritage site, while restoring its past glory” as a major silk producing industry in India and “to improve its viability as a self sustaining and employment generating public sector unit”.
“Silk Factory at Rajbagh, once the largest silk factory in the world, is a typical example of early 20th century industrial architecture and our designs seek to incorporate the components of heritage value in the new structure,” Rai said while highlighting the importance of the factory.
According to the press note, World Bank has approved Rs 100 crore for ‘revival and restoration’ of handicraft sector in the State including Rs 55 crore for the silk factory, woolen mill and development of three handicraft clusters in Kashmir Valley.
It further read that the funds for the revival of Silk factory at Rajbagh have been approved under the scheme ‘Livelihood for Composite Market Implementation Centre for whole chain of Silk Activity at Silk Factory Rajbagh Srinagar’.
The Silk Factory at Rajbagh suffered extensive damage in the devastating floods of September 2014.