PRESERVATION OF HERITAGE
Recently JK administration has decided to start work for the preservation of heritage Mughal Gardens and in this direction they have decided to even get the experts in order to save the heritage value while going for renovation of these gardens.
The restoration work should be in line with the UNESCO standards. The archives department has been asked to provide their expertise and guidance while keeping the Mughal gardens’ cultural and historic ethos intact. Apart from the archives department there are many departments and NGOs working in the rest of the country in order to restore such heritage gardens according to the UNESCO standards.
The authorities have decided to form a committee of officers from all the departments concerned and consultants would also be roped in for the restoration project.
At present, the six Mughal gardens Nishat, Shalimar, Cheshmashahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Veerinag are under UNESCO’s tentative list of heritage sites. Recently Advisor to Governor directed the floriculture, gardens and parks department to prepare a white paper for the preservation of the six Mughal gardens in the Kashmir valley.
Government has already hired a consultant to prepare a dossier for submission to UNESCO. If the Mughal Gardens in Kashmir get a face lift, it would be a great step for international tourists to visit Kashmir especially those who love heritage.