Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Secretariat closed here on Friday as part of 138-year-old biannual `Durbar Move` practice and will now open in winter capital
Jammu on November 8, officials said.
The government offices including those in the Civil
Secretariat, observing five-day week, closed at Srinagar as
per the notification issued by General Administration
Department, they said, adding state level offices, which
observe six-day week, will close tomorrow before shifting to
The practice of shifting the capital city from Srinagar to
Jammu during winters and vice versa during summers was started
by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme weather
conditions of the twin capital cities.
The practice costs the state exchequer an estimated Rs 20
crore every for facilitating the movement of the nearly
10,000 employees from Srinagar to Jammu at the onset of winter
and back to Srinagar ahead of summer.
Each employee, shifting capitals, will be paid a travel
allowance of Rs 6,000. Hundreds of trucks will carry records
of the move offices and hundreds of buses will be used to
ferry to employees to Jammu beginning tomorrow.
State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) has been asked to
make available sufficient number of buses for transportation
of Jammu-based employees on October 30 and 31st and
Kashmir-based employees on November 6 and 7.
"SRTC will also ensure that one crane, two empty buses and
two empty trucks accompany the convoy on the respective days
so that the employees do not face inconvenience due to break
down of buses or trucks on the way," the order said adding
mobile workshop shall also accompany the convoy.
Health department has been asked to keep available medical
aid facilities enroute Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at
places including Qazigund, Banihal, Ramsu, Ramban, Patnitap,
Kud, Udhampur and Jajarkotli.
In view of heightened security concerns, it has been
ordered that police shall escort the employees and the records
convoy along the route up to their respective destinations.