Uniformly developed heritage, cultural sites: CS Mehta to Cultural Deptt

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Jammu, 03 August: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir is developing 75 sites under a program for the preservation, conservation, restoration and maintenance of architectural heritage across the Union territory, an official said on Wednesday. official spokesperson.

The information was given at a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the SC was informed that under the program of preservation, conservation, restoration and maintenance of the architectural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir, the Department is developing and restoring 75 heritage sites. In the first stage of the program, the Department occupied 35 sites for revitalization/restoration works in consultation with district administrations.

In his response, CS Arun Mehta asked the officials of the Cultural Department to uniformly develop the heritage and cultural sites by capturing their historical data and displaying the information to raise awareness among visitors.

The Department was further advised to systematically provide an access road and appropriate utilities – toilets, parking spaces and restaurants at these sites, in addition to ensuring fencing and cleanliness around the premises.

Dr. Mehta led the training of local youth as guides for the promotion of history, folklore and culture associated with new heritage sites. He further requested the Ministry of Culture to organize various cultural programs at these sites to bring them onto the tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir.

As part of J&K’s traditional and cultural festival promotion program, it has been informed that 16 mega festivals have been organized to date, in which more than 1,600 artists have participated, both through online engagements and offline. The Department implements action plans for 75 festivals in coordination with the departmental administration.

Additionally, to engage students in various cultural activities, the Department will hold a 3-tier competition in 3 categories – Music, Essay Writing and Debate. The winners of the competitions at school/college, district and division level will receive cash prizes worth Rs. 3,000 rupees. 5,000 rupees. 20,000 and Rs. 30,000.

Similarly, to promote local participation, singing and painting competitions will be organized at panchayat, zone, district and UT levels with cash prizes of Rs. 10,000 rupees. 20,000 rupees. 50,000 and Rs. 1.00 lakh. Around 55,000 participants will be engaged in the proposed activities across Jammu and Kashmir.

It was further informed that the Department is organizing 10 cultural festivals for tourists and visitors in 10 tourist destinations, 05 each in the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, to promote the heritage and culture of Jammu and Kashmir among visiting travelers. These festivals will be held in Manasbal, DoodhPathri, Sonamarg, Bhaderwah, Shivkhori, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Surinsar, Katra and Gulmarg.

In addition, the Department plans to organize cultural program weekends in Mansar and Surinsar by engaging local artists to promote traditional music and dance of the region.

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