JHS deputation meets DyCM, suggests steps for development of Raghunath Bazar

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 5: A deputation of Jammu Heritage Society (JHS) led by its president, Bhuvneshwar Gandotra, today met Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister and suggested him various steps for development of Raghunath Bazar.
The JHS president requested the Deputy Chief Minister to promote the heritage of Jammu to make Jammu an independent tourist destination especially in the light of extension of Railways to Katra and subsequently to Srinagar by 2020, besides construction of express corridor from Delhi to Katra via Amritsar by 2020 bypassing Jammu and development of ring road of 56 km from Samba to Nagrota again bypassing Jammu by getting Rs 5 crore sanctioned as initial grant.
A power point presentation was made by ex-president of the society, Baldev Khullar, depicting the vision of the society about development of Raghunath Bazar which mainly includes underground electric cabelling, laying of road by using grey coloured 4” Coble stone, colouring of shutters in one design and signage with similar colour scheme, putting up new lights on poles and the day as well as night view of Raghunath Bazar after development.
Gandotra stressed upon the need of maintenance of ornamental poles, water points (PSPs) and newly laid down pavements during 1st phase of development in Raghunath Bazar. It was suggested that the same should be undertaken by Jammu Municipal Corporation and before that JHS should be taken into confidence.
A reminder was also made to get a trade mark registration for Mubarak Mandi at an earliest for which a representation already stands submitted. It was also impressed upon that Raghunath Bazar should not be a traffic free zone instead paid parking be re-introduced in Raghunath Bazar by JMC which should be strictly for customers and  Traffic Department should be asked to monitor no-parking in Raghunath Bazar by shopkeepers.
Gandotra also suggested that Jammu city should not be declared as heritage city and instead only selected old building be declared as Heritage Buildings with the consent of concerned owners.
Kavinder gave a patient hearing to the deputation members and assured them of taking concrete steps to declare Mubarak Mandi a trade-mark building. He also assured them of necessary steps in other demands and suggestions.
Ajesh Rohmetra, general secretary, Om Parkash Mahajan (chairman) and Anoop Jain (executive member) were also part of the delegation.


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