J&K: Listing Of Purmandal-Utterbeni Heritage Corridor Launched


 SAMBA, Sep 20: Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) launched the mammoth task of Documentation and Listing of Heritage Temples of Purmandal- Utterbehni Corridor, here today from Purmandal of district Samba.

Deputy Commissioner, Anuradha Gupta formally launched the exercise from the main temple premises of Purmandal also called 'Chota Kashi'.

The project has been initiated by Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Jammu Chapter with the help and guidance of A.H.Division INTACH New Delhi.

S.M.Sahni KAS (Retd.) Convener INTACH Jammu Chapter briefed the salient features of the documentation, listing and preparation of booklet of “ChotaKashi”  (Purmandal-Utterbehni) Temples Corridor.

Deputy Commissioner Samba, Anuradha Gupta, in her address, appreciated the efforts of team INTACH for initiating the documentation and listing project which will help in conservation and development of the Purmandal- Utterbehni Temples.

Citing Article 51A of the Constitution, the DC said that the citizens are morally obligated to perform the Fundamental Duties as enshrined in it. She said that it is the duty of each citizen to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture. "With the aim to save Purmandal-Utterbehni temples for posterity and to increase the influx of pilgrim tourists specially enroute to the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji this project will be hugely beneficial,'' added the DC .

The DC further stated that the local people should be taken on board for Conservation, Preservation, Restoration and development of the area with special focus on solid and liquid wastes management programs as it will ameliorate the socio-economic well being of locals.

Akshit Kumar and Kartik Dubey Architects from Delhi present on the occasion also explained the methodology of the project.

Among others present on the occasion DDC member Avtar Singh, BDC Chairperson Arshad Begum, ACD Sidharath Dhiman, DFO S.D.Khajuria,  Manager Dharmanth Trust Chander Shekhar, Amit Gangotia HOD TTM Central University of Jammu along with Scholars/students, Sarpanch and Panchs and others participated in the event,

J.L. Baru presented the Vote of thanks.



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