State Times NewsJAMMU: Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) has welcomed request of eminent citizens to expedite restoration works at Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex and said that the Complex, which has unique architecture and is one of largest complexes of North India, occupies pride of place as a priceless heritage of Jammu region.While addressing a press conference, Gulchain Singh Charak former Minister & President DSS J&K said that layers of history dating back to 1710 and being the seat of power of rulers of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, it has been the emotional and cultural hub of Jammu since centuries. However, in the decades following ascendency of Kashmir centric popular Governments, it became subject to neglect and deterioration, and later measures to restore the complex to its previous glory have yet to fully fructify, he added.Referring to newspaper reports about a petition having been submitted to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha regarding the need to restore Shergarhi Complex Srinagar and expediting restoration of the Mubarak Mandi complex Jammu, Charak expressed gratitude towards eminent citizens of Jammu, who expressed concern over completion of Mubarak Mandi complex.He said that people of Jammu have immense faith in Manoj Sinha, who is also Chairman of the Governing Body and has vast experience in public life and is connected with the grass root. “He needs to be appraised of the factual position as well as the difficulties being faced by the Society, so that the restoration work is expedited.Some issues in this context, which have been hanging fire, included restoration of Dogra Arts Museum on priority, restoration work on ‘Army Headquarters’ building was completed in 2011 and plan for adaptive reuse of aforesaid building needs to be taken up on priority, expediting restoration of structures in central courtyard including Durbar-e-Aam, constitution of Society for nomination of prominent and knowledgeable citizens as members of Governing Body,” he added.Charak urged Lieutenant Governor to convene a meeting of Governing Body of the society for discussing all relevant issues.
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