From last couple of years renovation work on dome of shrine of dargah Hazratbal Srinagar is being carried out by Muslim waqaf board. Finally on Wednesday Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the chairman of board fixed December 31, 2013 as the deadline to complete the work in all respects.
Omar while chairing the 18th meeting of board of directors gave nod to a proposal regarding Makran Marble Clading for Hazratbal tomb.
Pertinently last year there were strong protests putting serious question mark on the functioning of board after some marble slabs fall off the shrine’s dome. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident. People alleged that Waqf Board authorities had used substandard material which resulted in the marble slabs falling off the dome.
Besides cladding, during the meeting Omar was shown the detailed presentation of expanding the shrine by architect Munir A Khan explaining all details of the proposed projects to be executed by JKPCC.
Besides Omar also directed for constituting sub-committees for all major waqafs involving locals in the development and maintenance of Muslim Waqaf properties. He also asked for constituting sub-committee on Education to look into the aspects of improving the status of schools being run by Waqaf Board. He said the Committee should submit its report to the Board after looking into the infrastructural and academic requirements of these schools so that a suitable plan for upgradation is put into place to improve these both academically and in the infrastructural status.
During the meeting, he Vice Chairman Waqaf Board, M. Y. Qadri stated that the Board has shown remarkable increase in the income. He said the income has gone up to Rs. 22.77 crores in 2012-13 as against Rs. 8.19 crore in 2004-05. In the meeting, the Board also approved annual budget of Rs. 10.09 crores of the Waqaf Board for the year 2013-14.