Jammu, Oct 6: Streets in the winter capital are getting a customary makeover and traffic department has started a process of erecting new road dividers besides regulating vehicular movement ahead of first Darbar Move offices post Abrogation of Article 370 to reopen here on November 4.
The Union Government on August 5 abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir State into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.“The offices are to close in Srinagar on October 25 and reopen on November 4 here with ceremonial guard of honour by the Governor Satya Pal Malik,” official sources in the administration here said.
Malik will be visiting for the first time the winter capital with darbar move after the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A.
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 and 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 departments to execute repair and face lifting work expeditiously.
Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh reviewed law and order situation and security arrangements ahead of opening of darbar move here.
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. (UNI)