STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: As part of the World Heritage Week celebrations in Jammu, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH Jammu Chapter) celebrated inaugural day on Monday in Jammu Cantonment with the release of Brochure of Built Heritage of Jammu Cantonment with a history of Built Heritage of more than 150 years. A function was organized to highlight the built heritage of Jammu Cantonment, Maj Gen Sharad Kapur was the Chief Guest whereas Air Commodore Ajay Singh Pathania and Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Advisor INTACH Jammu Chapter on Military Heritage were the Guests of Honour. While welcoming the guests, S/M Sahni, former Director Tourism Jammu presently Convenor INTACH Jammu Chapter explained the beginning of the World Heritage Week Celebrations 2019 with the documentation, listing and release of Brochure of built heritage of Jammu Cantt. He mentioned that all these buildings have been listed under the guidance of Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal. He complemented the support of Officers of 26 Inf Div under the command of GOC 26 Inf Div. Maj Gen Goverdhan gave a brief history of the State Forces as well as Indian Army right from Gen Zorawar Singh’s time to the present era and also explained the importance of Built Heritage existing in Jammu Cantt. Air Commodore A.S Pathania explained the built Heritage falling under his jurisdiction in the Air Force Station Jammu and gave impressive brief about its maintenance, preservation with changed use of the Built Heritage as per the requirements. Most of these buildings were constructed during the J&K State Forces era. In his presidential remarks Maj Gen Sharad Kapur, GOC 26 Inf Div highlighted the importance of Built Heritage of Jammu Cantt. The Indian Army is maintaining them with its reuse plan for which he advised them to preserve and conserve the Heritage Buildings for the future generations which at one stage will be a history. He feels honoured to live in Topi Bungalow, one of the prestigious Heritage Houses of the Cantonment. He thanked the INTACH for initiating the listing, documentation and coming out with a document released by him today. Dr. CM Seth Co-Convenor INTACH J&K presented the vote of thanks Dr. Sudhir Singh life member of INTACH conducted the proceedings of the event/ Others present were Suman Kumar CWE Satwari Jammu, Shantanu Gupta, Sunil Seth, Col KS Samyal and Col Karan Singh, Sandhya Gupta, Dhiraj Kumar Tiwari, XEN Engg. (GE Satwari), Vipul Magotra, and galaxy of Senior Officers of Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
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