The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has been given a facelift ahead of 'Darbar Move', the 140-year-old practice of bi-annual shifting of the state capital between Jammu and Srinagar.
As the Civil Secretariat and other offices that shift between the two capitals open here on Monday, the administration is busy sprucing up the roads and pedestrian walkways with repair and paint works. The potholed roads of the city are being repaired and a fresh coat of paint put on the elevated footpath ahead of the arrival of the government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to this summer capital.
Besides the beautification works, the concerned departments have engaged a large number of labourers to remove the dust and filth on the sides of the city roads that had been deposited during the winter months. Apart from repairs on the city roads, the official residences of ministers and and top bureaucrats are also being renovated for the Darbar move.
In an effort to ensure that the employees do not face any problems during their six-month stay in Kashmir, several steps have been taken by the divisional administration. PTI