Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the preservation and restoration of the historic Shalimar Garden here, an official spokesman said. He said the J&K government had last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the JSW Foundation for the restoration and conservation of Shalimar and Nishat Udyan.
In his speech, Lieutenant Governor Shalimar praised the efforts of the JSW Foundation, conservation architects, the Department of Floriculture, local artists and other experts involved in conservation and restoration work in the garden. The Union Territory Government, in collaboration with the JSW Foundation, is continuing its efforts to restore the glorious heritage of JK, which will further encourage tourism in the region, he said.
“The garden is a living reflection of the cultural heritage. We have embarked on a journey to preserve the valuable space, the cultural heritage that represents the artistic and intellectual brilliance,” he said.
“In addition to bringing new investments and industry to UT, we have also ensured the protection of cultural heritage inherited from our ancestors,” he said.
He said the gardens remain one of the main attractions for tourists in the valley.
The Department of Floriculture is continuing its dedicated efforts to preserve the historical-cultural heritage of the eight Mughal gardens, he said, adding that the dossiers of the Mughal gardens had already been sent for UNESCO World Heritage Site inclusion last year and this has boosted tourist arrivals. And the locals in this garden.
Conservation Architect Ava Narayan Lamba briefed the Lieutenant Governor on the phased action plan for the restoration of Shalimar Garden.
The project will also include stone fountains, painted roofs, works of art and unique hydrology systems.