Save the sinking Mubarak Mandi heritage: DSS

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Th Gulchain Singh Charak-Former Minister, President Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS), Member Governing body and Former Vice Chairman Jammu Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society said that the Mubarak Mandi complex in Jammu is not only a historical monument of archeological value to attract the curious tourists, it denotes the very pride of Dogras and symbolizes the great culture of secular love lore, of folk songs and music, of gallant warriors and artists and a very amicable, noble social order that grew under the umbrella of its rulers.
Addressing the press conference here today wherein Charak said nothing is being done to save this Dogra heritage of Jammu region, from the incessant rains. The most valuable, important rare artifacts, books and other valuable articles and more than eight lakhs files are stored in unsafe conditions of ruins under leaking roof and covered by a shattered tarpaulin cloth.
It is good that despite the disturbed conditions in the valley Chief Minister found time to preside over meeting concerning Heritage and Culture of Jammu region.
Charak offered some suggestions for immediate action for works to be done on priority basis and the suggestions which were offered were stop the seepage in the palaces to arrest further damage, to save Maharani Charaki and other palaces/buildings by giving temporary supports, restoration and reconstruction, immediate strengthening of slopes on the backside that may cave in any day and others.
Charak said, “There is no doubt for such a major restoration work funds are required. We find large sums are being made available for worthwhile projects. Mubarak Mandi can also start generating funds immediately if it is put on a tourist map as it is while restoration pursued vigorously in a time bound manner through multi agencies”
The office bearers who expressed their views included Maj Gen G S Jamwal (Retd.)-Member Governing body JMMHS, Prof N. K Dogra-Sr. V/C President DSS, Col. K. S Jamwal (Retd.)- V/C DSS, Brig. M. S Jamwal (Retd.), Gambhir Dev Singh- I/C Youth wing DSS, & Dr. Col Virendra K Sahi (Retd.)- Media Cell DSS.

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