Potential to become heritage tourism site: Zulfkar
SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali Wednesday inaugurated the renovated building of directorate of Food and Consumer affairs at Shaheed Gunj.
Representatives from executing agency J&K Housing Board informed the Minister that in the first phase of the renovation, the old roof, which had water leakage at many places, was replaced with new colored tin.
It was revealed that to maintain the traditional façade of the building, Lime-Surkhi pointing, which is the combination of traditional lime and broken brick material, was used. Besides, the agency has also changed the soffit and eaves-boarding of the building.
The Minister expressed pleasure noticing that the porch of the building was reconstructed with traditional Deviri stones. The work on the second phase of the project which includes the tiling work around the building is going on. Besides, a park would also be developed within the directorate premises to give it an aesthetic look. The fire safety measures, including fire detecting system, fire alarm along with complete electrification as per modern guidelines will be undertaken in the second phase.
The renovation work in the first phase was carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 61 lakh, while as works under the second phase would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 85 lakh. Expressing satisfaction over the work done so far, the Minister said the purpose of the conserving and renovating FCS&CA building was to preserve cultural heritage. He explained that the building constructed in 1930’s deserves preservation for future generation to admire State’s archaic heritage.
He said that given the central location of the building and its rich history, it has a potential to become a major heritage tourism site.