Jammu gets facelift as Durbar Move offices to reopen in winter capital on Nov 5

Jammu gets facelift as Durbar Move offices to reopen in winter capital on Nov 5
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Jammu, Oct 18: Streets in this winter capital of the state are getting a customary makeover and traffic department has started a process of erecting new road dividers besides regulating vehicular movement ahead of annual Durbar Move offices to reopen here on November 5.
“The offices to close in Summer Capital (Srinagar) on October 27 and reopen on November 5 in the winter capital with traditional guard of honour by the Governor Satya Pal Malik,” official sources in the administration said.
Malik will be visiting for the first time to the winter capital after Durbar Move since the Governor’s Rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on June 20 after BJP pulled out of the government from its alliance partner PDP.
The government machinery, after virtual slumber for six months, seems to have woken up as labourers work hard to give a new look to roadside railings, footpaths, roads and dividing lanes.
Apart from the streets, official bungalows and employees’ quarters are also getting facelift for the bi-annual event.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma inspected various residential quarters and took stock of arrangements being made for annual durbar move to the winter capital.
The Divisional Commissioner asked the Estate department to further gear up men and machinery for timely completion of all repair and renovation works on these residential quarters for move employees.
He also took stock of power, water, sanitation and other services and directed the concerned departments to execute repair and face lifting work expeditiously.
Inspector General Security Alok Kumar while reviewing security scenario ahead of Darbar Move offices, has asked his subordinates to plug all the vulnerable points identified.
Discussing about the planned security arrangements in connection with Darbar Move to Jammu, Mr Kumar emphasized for foolproof security arrangements at Civil Secretariat, Raj Bhawan and other vital installation besides VVIP residences.
“Identify all vulnerable points and make adequate deployment to plug these points to prevent an untoward like incident,” said the IG Security.
Meanwhile road leading to the Civil Secretariat will also be closed ahead of opening of Move offices for security reasons, they said.
Around 10,000 employees and truckloads of the office records have to undergo the bi-annual move exercise as part of more than a century old practice.
The trend of shifting State secretariat from one state capital to another has been going on in the state since 1872, the era of Maharaja Gulab Singh and devours crores of rupees from state exchequer every year.
The State Road Transport Corporation authorities have been directed to make adequate number of buses available for the employees moving to Jammu while it has been asked to make trucks available for carrying official records to the Winter Capital.
The practice of shifting the capital city from Srinagar to Jammu during winters and vice versa was started by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme weather conditions of the twin capital cities.
The practice costs the state exchequer an estimated Rs 20 crore every year.