J&K Civil Secretariat to reopen in Jammu on Nov 8
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Last Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010, 18:50
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 Jammu.

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.


First Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 18:50

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