Srinagar, Oct 19: In a bid to upgrade the tourism infrastructure in the Valley, the tourism department has started a process to renovate the heritage place including some historic Jamia Masjid in Old City area of Nowhatta, Raghunath temple in Habba Kadal, some Gurduwaras and churches here.
Sources said many of the heritage places including religious places are being renovated at present.
They said the renovation work for heritage places has been started almost two months back and is going on at pace in the Valley.
Reliable sources added that many of these under renovation places fall in smart city project.
They added that the renovation work at many places has been started as per the public demand.
“Many heritage as well as religious places including historic Jamia Masjid, Raghunath temple, Gurdwaras, Church and others,” sources said, adding that the renovation work will be completed at shortest possible time as per the directions given by the Tourism department.
Tourism Director Nisar Ahmad Wani said renovation work at many heritage places is currently going on.
“Some of the works have been started as per public demand. The renovation work at all these places is aimed to upgrade the tourism infra in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
About Ragunath temple, he said the renovation work will be completed in this financial year only. “We are taking all possible steps to upgrade the infrastructure here,” he said.
Pertinently, Raghunath Temple was constructed by the first Dogra ruler Maharaja Gulab Singh in the year 1835 and later his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh got it completed in the year 1860 During Dogra rule.
He said Jamia Masjid, Gurduwaras, and Imam Badas are being repaired at present. “We are promoting the infra which is normally required by tourists are visitors, we are promoting their facilities”. (KNO)