Govt mulling to acquire heritage buildings in Srinagar

BK News Desk/Srinagar
January 22, 2018 CITY 133 Views

The state government is likely to acquire some of the historic buildings in Srinagar city which are historically importance.
Sources said that the government has identified over a dozen of structures in Srinagar’s old city particularly to preserve them as historical assets.
“The Deputy Commissioner would personally monitor it . These buildings are mostly in dilapidated condition while some are residential buildings,” sources said.
We have written to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar in this regard. Some of the buildings have been identified in this regard, and they will be renovated to attract heritage lovers,” he said. ”
Sources said that the government would renovate these building before handing over these structures to the Tourism Department.
“The issue presently we face is that these buildings have multiple heirs . SO it will take us time in acquiring them ,” the sources
Meanwhile officials in Tourism Department said they after acquiring these building would focus focus on reviving the heritage tourism in the area by acquiring some old buildings.
“We have written to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar in this regard. Some of the buildings have been identified in this regard, and they will be renovated to attract heritage lovers,” they said.
Officials said the department was getting in touch with the owners to fully take over these building.
“The problem we face right now is that these building have multiple legal heirs. But then, we hope that this step building will attract tourists towards downtown,” they said.
The officials informed that the department was also taking up the matter of reviving water transport in the city, particularly in old Srinagar, with the government.
“We actually want to show the visitors actual flavour of downtown. Many heritage buildings including residential houses, shrines and temples are located on the Jhelum banks, so it can attract heritage lovers,” they said.
“Improving hygiene in downtown is most required. The area otherwise looks mostly unclean. Besides, the department would equally concentrate on promoting the cuisines famous in these city areas,” officials said.
Meanwhile, the government sources said they have already planned revamping the historical sites under the Smart City Mission.
“Nearly half a dozen buildings have been identified in this regard particularly in the old Srinagar, which will be taken care of by the government under its Smart City mission. Buildings, which are old and dilapidated but of historical importance, will attract people,” a source said.

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