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Omar promises reconstruction of shrine, seeks INTACH’s help

The state administration has geared up to reconstruct the shrine of the saint Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani lost in an incident of fire on Monday morning. Chief minister Omar Abdullah promised to use all resources to resurrect similar architectural marvel.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2012 18:28 IST
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The state administration has geared up to reconstruct the shrine of the saint Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani lost in an incident of fire on Monday morning. Chief minister Omar Abdullah promised to use all resources to resurrect similar architectural marvel.

“The holy shrine will be restored to its original glory and the best possible expertise will be engaged in the process of restoration,” said Abdullah in Srinagar after inspecting the site.

Kashmir divisional commissioner Asgar Samoon, who is heading the inquiry committee looking into circumstances leading to the fire at the all-wood shrine, convened a high-level meeting for restoration of the shrine.

A committee of experts will prepare a comprehensive reconstruction plan for the shrine within two weeks.

The government has asked Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage’s (INTACH) Kashmir head Saleem Beg to be part of the reconstruction.

“We have digital images of the shrine. We documented and digitalised intricate details of the shrine in 2010,” said Beg.