Srinagar—Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash today said that the Government is committed to preserve unique cultural essence of historic Jamia Masjid in Downtown Srinagar.

The Minister made these remarks during her visit to grand Mosque.

The representatives of Jamia Market Traders Federation met the visiting dignitary and appraised various grievances to the Minister.

Minister directed Commissioner SMC to improve sanitation drive, hygienic atmosphere besides install more streetlights around the Jamia Masjid area. She also instructed for repairing bathrooms, construction of women toilet block and askeds concerned officials to clear the chocked drains immediately so that devotees don’t face any inconvenience in visiting the religious place.

She also directed SMC Commissioner to identify suitable place immediately so that urban poor vendors of Jamia Masjid will be properly rehabilitated.

The Minister also took stock the construction work of Community Hall being executed near Jamia Masjid at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.87 crores.

She directed the engineers to speed up the pace of construction work so that this hall will be open for the public convenience soon.  

On the occasion, Minister said that Government had already spent Rs 3.93 crore out of the total Rs 4.29 crore Union Government’s project to beautify the Jamia Masjid premises including developing its market and improving light system and the construction of Information Center, which is a component of the beautification project, costing Rs 1.02 crore.

Later, Minister visited interior areas of Rainawari and took stock of the developmental works being carried out there.