J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

Parihasopora to come up as Capital city
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 12
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has been asked to go ahead with the project for a new capital city at Parihaspora outside Srinagar. The main objective is to decongest the Capital city and make it an exclusive tourist resort.

About 9,000 kanals, including 2,300 kanals of the state’s land in and around the Parihaspora village, has been made available for the development of the new capital. An amount of Rs 3,500 crore would be spent on its development. This was stated by the Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister, Mr Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, who visited the site, 20 kms North of here, yesterday.

The Finance Minister said in the first phase a civil secretariat, legislature complex, court complex, hospital, schools and residential complexes would be constructed within next three years. While undertaking the construction activity it would be ensured that the ecological balance and beauty of the area was maintained. He said a six-lane expressway was proposed to be constructed from Parihaspora to Srinagar.

The minister said the development of the city outside Srinagar was a part of the long-term planning of the government to prepare Srinagar for tourist influx. He said Srinagar city would be developed as a tourist destination with various facilities matching the best tourist resorts of the world. Mr Baig asked the District Development Commissioner, Baramula, to keep all land revenue records at Parihaspora ready when the Chief Minister visits the area.

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The main objective of the project is to decongest the Srinagar city by shifting the government offices and construction heritage villages.

After getting a nod from the Centre, the state government started looking for an ideal location to relocate the seat of governance.

After deliberations, it was decided that Parihaspora, the Capital of famous King Lalithiadatiya, who ruled from Afghanistan to Bihar from this very place from 724 to 761 AD, could be the ideal place for relocating the capital city.

The Finance Minister along with the Economic Advisor, Mr Haseeb Drabu, visited the area on the instruction of the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, for on-the-spot assessment of the site.


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