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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today reviewed the progress on Rs 42 crore ambitious Hazratbal development project here and asked the agencies to evolve a synergic mechanism for concluding the project in time.
"Convenience of the devotees coming to the revered place should be accorded top priority and all those facets which can further improve devotees comforts should be worked upon forthwith," Mehbooba said chairing a meeting here.
She directed the officers of tourism department, Wakf Board and project executing agency to conduct joint inspection of the spots and remove the bottlenecks, if any, on the spot.
Mehbooba impressed upon the agencies concerned to complete the works at the earliest so that the devotees are facilitated.
She asked for early completion of landscaping, illumination and ablution spots so that the project takes off properly.
The Chief Minister had laid the foundation of the ambitious project on January 7 this year, the main components of which include tensile structures for prayers during summers and rainy season, four-laning of the Dargah entrance, illumination of the shrine complex, ablution spots, dormitory for devotees of far flung areas, re-designing of the Dargah market, an Islamic Cultural Centre and an exclusive Sewerage Treatment Plant for the shrine complex.
The project also envisages an unobstructed view of Dal Lake from the shrine complex, an official spokesman said.
The Chief Minister, who is also the chairperson of the Wakf Board, also reviewed the progress on the beautification of the shrine of Hazrat Syed Ali Aali Balkhi at Pakherpora in Budgam district of central Kashmir.
Much of the pilgrim facilitation and beatification work at the shrine has been accomplished at the shrine and the remaining work would also be completed soon, the spokesman said.
The Chief Minister also enquired about the beautification works at Imambarah at Chattergam in Budgam district.
Mehbooba directed the project executing agency to work in close coordination with tourism department and get both the projects completed at the earliest, the spokesman said.