Srinagar: No work had been started on the 23 structures notified as state protected monuments by Archeology Department in 2010.
What is more, even the necessary paper work is pending on 20 of the 23 buildings
An official source told Kashmir Reader that the government has only notified the sites as state protected monuments on papers, while no work has been done on ground.
Assistant Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, however, told Kashmir Reader that the department was working in phases regarding the preservation of the notified sites.
“Once a monument is declared as protected, then our Conservation Wing inspects it and then we prepare the project report, which we send to the government for release of funds,” Beigh said. “This is a continuous process. First we have to collect revenue papers, then after that we have to prepare Detailed Projected Report (DPR) of that building, after that we send proposal to the government about the building.” said
The department, Beigh said, has already undertaken the preservation work of three sites in Kashmir including the Old Secretariat building.
“Afterwards, we will undertake the preservation work on priority basis. It cannot happen all at once. It happens in phases,” Beigh said.
He said that in the next phase, in next financial year, they would be undertaking the renovation of SPS museum, 7Hari Parbat Fort, Madin Sahib Mosque and Mughal Hamam at Achabal.
“It depends upon how much government has released the money,” he said.
Similarly, in Jammu division, we would undertake the renovation work of the notified monuments there in phases, Beigh added.