PMC will facilitate technical and financial support for the restoration of Shalimar and Nishat gardens
The UT government previously reached an agreement with the Messrs Jindal Steel Works (JSW) Foundation on July 28, 2021 in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The MoU in this regard was signed by Commissioner / Secretary J&K, Floriculture, Gardens and Parks and Sangita Jindal, President of the JSW Foundation.
In accordance with the memorandum of understanding, the Foundation must technically and financially assist UT as part of its CSR project in the restoration and preservation of these gardens, which attract tourists from all over the world.
As part of its memorandum of understanding with the JSW Foundation, the government on Saturday gave the green light to the establishment of PMC to guide and facilitate processes, authorizations, inter-ministerial coordination and works of protection, preservation, promotion and development of two Mughal gardens, said GAD Commissioner Manoj Kumar Dwivedi.
The committee will be chaired by a commissioner / secretary from the Ministry of Floriculture, Parks and Gardens. A representative of the Ministry of Culture (not below the rank of additional secretary); AshwaniSaxena CEO Jindal Steel Works (JSW) Foundation; Sandeep Gokhale expert in project management; The Director of Archives, Archeology and Museums J&K and Professor Mohammad YousufGanai, HoD History University of Kashmir will be its members.
In accordance with the terms of reference, the PMC will facilitate the smooth and timely operation of the project. It will generate inter-departmental and intra-governmental coordination, approvals from local and statutory bodies and provide all the necessary support for approvals from the administration.
“The committee will also review the initial assessment reports as well as the conservation plans (detailed project reports) to define the priorities, timelines and sequence of tasks which will identify and establish an implementation methodology,” said Dwivedi .
The Committee was also responsible for supervising and monitoring the work to be carried out on the project, according to the standards and methodologies established for it (project) and presented in reports.
According to the agreement, the project will be carried out in two phases. The estimated cost of the Nishat garden conservation and restoration project is Rs 7 Cr. A similar project is also being considered for the Shalimar garden. The Foundation also conducted a survey at the heritage site of Shiv Khori Shrine in Reasi District of Jammu Region, for a similar project to be undertaken there.
On July 28, the Lieutenant Governor advised relevant executive agencies to work in close coordination with all stakeholders and have a thorough understanding of the historical facts and cultural significance while restoring the pristine splendor of these heritage gardens.