Only 1% of fund spent for renovation of heritage complex: RTI

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 8: Out of the estimated Rs 300 crore for renovation of the historic Mubarak Mandi heritage complex in the city, only a paltry Rs 3.52 crore have been spent in past four years, an RTI query has revealed.
The Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society said this in reply to an RTI query filed by activist Raman Sharma on September 24.
Inspections were regularly conducted to monitor the work and till date, four governing body meetings under the chairmanship of Chief Minister have been held so far, it said, adding that no time limit, however, has been fixed for completion of the project.
While a fund of  Rs 4.37 crore was sanctioned for renovation of the building that housed king’s Army headquarter, Rs 8.51 crore was sanctioned for restoration of other sites including Raja Amar Singh Palace, Dogra Art Museum, Badi Deori, Royal Court, Gadvai Khana and Mahal of Raja Ram Singh’s Queens, it said.
The project to renovate the heritage site in Mubarak Mandi area, built by the last Dogra kings, was approved in 2008 after which the work was taken up by the ASI.


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