DB seeks timeline for restoration of Mubarak Mandi Complex - watsupptoday.com
DB seeks timeline for restoration of Mubarak Mandi Complex
Posted 30 Nov 2017 04:49 PM

Agencies
A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar while observing that only 10 per cent of the restoration work of the entire Mubarak Mandi Complex has been completed till date, directed State to submit clear cut time-lines for the planning and execution stages, within a month, so that the Court can know exactly when the entire project of restoration would be completed in all respects.



The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting the importance of preserving art, museum and archives in the State of Jammu and Kashmir particularly the heritage buildings including Mubarak Mandi Complex which is in dilapidated condition.

After hearing Advocate Pawan Dev Singh for the PIL whereas Senior Additional Advocate General (Sr AAG) Seema Shekhar for the State whereas ASGI Sindu Sharma for the Union of India, the DB observed that the presentation given on behalf of the State Government and the Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society as also the presentation on behalf of the Archeological Survey of India, it appears that approximately 90 per cent of the work remains to be done.

The DB observed that aforesaid restoration work has been entrusted to the Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society formed in 2006. “Eleven years have elapsed and only 10 per cent of the work has been accomplished and going by the same rate of progress, it would take approximately another 90 years unless work is undertaken on all the structures/buildings simultaneously”, the court observed.



The DB after going through the presentation with regard to the preservation of archival records, which are now partially housed at the Mubarak Mandi Complex and partially at Kala Kendra, Jammu, observed that it appears that the entire archival record available at Mubarak Mandi cannot fit into the three halls, which have been presently earmarked at Kala Kendra, Jammu and it is indicated that Kala Kendra may not be a fit place for finally lodging the archives, unless and until the entire building is made archive friendly. Therefore, alternative places are being explored for setting up of the repository for archives, it observed.

Division Bench further observed that 33,88,734 pages of the archives have already been digitized and about 12 lakh pages remain to be digitized. “There appears to be stoppage in the digitization activities because of, inter alia, the non-availability of a Server and procurement of the Server should not pose any problem and the same should be done immediately”, the court observed.

Division Bench pointed out to the counsel for the State that the digital data also needs to be backed up in a proper manner. “The complete plan of backup and the timeline for scanning the balance pages, as also setting up of the Server, should be indicated in the affidavit, to be filed within 10 days”, it directed.

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