Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora on Monday said that Rs 50 crore has been approved for the conservation of heritage and monument sites in the state. In this regard, a Heritage Conservation and Preservation Authority (HCPA) has been constituted.

Addressing the first meeting of the HCPA, Jora said, “A fund of Rs 50 crore has been allocated to the HCPA so that heritage buildings can be conserved in the state.”

During the meeting, thrust was laid on the maintenance of historical buildings, paintings, idols and other precious articles. Total of 41 heritage buildings have been included in the conserved category.

He took stock of the conservation work being carried out in Mubarak district. The Tourism Minister directed the officials to complete the extension work of Dogra Art Museum at the earliest.

The Congress MLA also inspected the renovation work of the Army Headquarters and Office of the External Affairs.

Several top officials including Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Suresh Kumar were also present during the inspection.

JPN/Bureau