POONCH: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Shantamanu, on Wednesday inspected the renovation work of Poonch Fort being executed by Poonch Development Authority under centrally sponsored, Product Infrastructure Development for Destination Circuit Scheme (PIDDC).
He was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Poonch, Sajad Ahmed Khan and other officers of District Administration.
Chief Executive Officer, Poonch Development Authority, Ashok Kumar Bhagat, apprised him about the historical background of Poonch Fort besides details of renovation work being executed under Phase-I. The project has been sanctioned in the year 2011-12 with an approved cost of Rs-379.14/- Lakh, of which, an amount of Rs-75.83/- Lakh, has been utilized so far.
He also apprised that a work done claim of about more than two crore has already been created, which needs to be cleared immediately so that the pace of work is not interrupted.
Divisional Commissioner appreciated the work done by the Poonch Development Authority and ensured that he would take up the matter with higher authorities for further release of funds as soon as possible. He also remarked that Poonch Fort & Bagh Deodi will be major attraction for the tourists in future and the tourist visiting Shri Buddha Amarnath from outside the state during Yatra would also like to visit Historical Monuments in Poonch to know more about the historical background of Poonch.