Jammu and Kashmir: Authority starts restoration of old stone secretariat building

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has started restoring the old stone secretariat building on the banks of river Jhelum.

It is seen as an attempt by the authority to preserve the rich heritage and culture of the region.

The area is well known for its age-old heritage infrastructures including mosques, temples, churches, shrines, bridges and other monuments and buildings, reports ANI.

Several carpenters and masons have been employed to restore the iconic structure in the Valley.

According to Mushtaq Beg, Deputy Director of Archives, Archeology and Museums, work is being supervised by experts and architects and the same materials that were originally used are being used.
“We are using the same material that was used when it was originally built. The previous state authorities had completely changed the original look of the place. They had whitewashed over the Khatamband (decorative wooden ceiling). We are redoing it to restore the original beauty,” Beg told ANI.

Locals have expressed their happiness over the restoration of the structure.

“We are glad that they are preserving our heritage buildings. If these places become like the Jama Masjid or Qutab Minar in Delhi, we will also have a lot of visitors and tourism will grow. This will create more jobs and the economy of the Valley will thrive,” Irshad Ahmad, a resident told ANI.