Ahead of Durbar move Srinagar gets face-lift

Authorities have started face-lifting of Srinagar as civil secretariat is all set to re-open in the summer capital on May 6.

The secretariat which closed in Jammu on April 26, will reopen in Srinagar on May 6 as part of the biannual Darbar Move, a practice started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872.

The facelift work is being carried by various government agencies with special focus on roads and estate buildings.

The roads leading to the civil secretariat are being renovated and footpaths and roadsides in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas are being cleared of encroachments.

Authorities have also taken various steps to ensure move employees do not face any problems during their six month stay in Kashmir.

An official in the estate department said that apart from streets, ministers’ official bungalows and quarters of employees are also getting facelift.

He said the anti-encroachment drive has been intensified while painting of different city roads is going on.

The state government spends crores of rupees every year to shift voluminous records between the two capital cities twice a year, besides paying similar amount as allowance for several thousand employees, who shift their base with the government.