Jammu and KAshmir News
The summer capital city of the state, Srinagar, is under renovation ahead of the Darbar move. According to officials, the security and other arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth opening of the Civil Secretariat in the summer capital, which is scheduled to open from May 9.
The Durbar move is a century-old tradition from the time of Dogra rule in the state. It takes place twice a year as the administration shifts between Jammu and Srinagar in view of weather conditions. The offices of the Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary and top bureaucrats would start functioning in the Valley from Monday.
All repair and renovation work is on the verge of completion and the administration has been preparing for making necessary arrangements. Road crossings and barricades throughout the city have been painted before the annual move. Even the estate colonies in the Civil Line areas of Srinagar where the government employees and other officials stay have repaired and proper sanitation have been provided.
With all the facelift that the Valley experiences during the period of the Darbar move, the locals remain unhappy with these temporary measures and want that the interiors of the city should instead be repaired and renovated permanently. According to them, despite spending so many funds in this exercise, the city is still in ruins. They feel that this temporary cosmetic measure vanishes quickly and there is a need for concrete steps to improve the condition of the Srinagar city.