Budgam, August 01: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday paid obeisance at Charar-e-Sharief shrine in central Kashmir’s Budgam.
During his visit, the Lt Governor interacted with spiritual leaders, public representatives, local residents and discussed the measures to harness the tourism potential and giving a boost to spiritual tourism at Charar-e-Sharief.
Extensive deliberation was also held on infrastructure and modalities to address the immediate requirements. Responding to the demands, the Lt Governor said the UT administration is working with the right intent to meet the developmental needs and aspirations of the people. He assured that all the important works will be taken on priority.
During his visit, Lt. Governor Sinha'smade a significant announcement to establishing a branch of the esteemed Shaikh-Ul-Aalam Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, affiliated with the University of Kashmir, at Charar-e-Sharief. This academic initiative will be instrumental in propagating the profound teachings and ideals of the revered Sufi saint Shaikh-Ul-Aalam, who is renowned for his message of brotherhood, love, and harmony, resonating with India's rich cultural heritage.
“Life of Sufi saint Shaikh-Ul-Aalam, also known as Nund Rishi is the best example of India's unity in diversity. His teachings of brotherhood, love, harmony continue to inspire the world,’’ the Lt Governor said.
It will motivate people to march towards the bright future, dedicate themselves for peace and development and to unlock the precious treasure house of our cultural heritage, he added.
Restoration of the Khanqahwas another pivotal aspect addressed during the visit. Lt. Governor Sinha directed the tourism department to work closely with experts from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) to meticulously analyze detailed designs and architectural drawings for the restoration of this revered structure to its original grandeur.He said the construction work on utilities was on hold due to Court order which has been vacated and the work will be completed soon.
Meanwhile, the Lt Governor announced that the work on the District Hospital, Budgam will start soon, assuring the local populace of access to better healthcare services.
The Lt Governor highlighted the reforms introduced in various sectors over the past few years, under the guidance of Prime Minister, which has brought transformational changes in the growth journey of Jammu Kashmir.
“We have been successful in establishing a peaceful and prosperous ecosystem in the UT. This has been possible because of the support and cooperation of the people of J&K,” he said. The Lt Governor also took appraisal of the ongoing works at the Shrine and adjoining area.
He was accompanied by Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Vijay Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Dr Syed AbidRasheed Shah, Secretary Tourism Department and other senior officials of police and civil administration. AkshayLabroo, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Waqf Officials and prominent citizens were also present.