'Proper security provided to J&K shrines'

J&K Tourism Minister Mohammad Dilawar Mir said all historical shrines and religious places have been taken care of.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 17:52 IST

All the historical shrines and religious places in Kashmir Valley have been provided adequate security either by police pickets or by deploying personnel, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister Mohammad Dilawar Mir said on Saturday.

In some of the places paramilitary forces have established their battalion or company headquarters, he told the Legislative Assembly in a written reply.

Giving details about the security provided to the places of worship of Kashmiri Pundits, he said four sections of CRPF have been deployed at Shankaracharya temple, 131 battalion of the force has been headquartered at Shiv Temple Akhara building, one platoon of CRPF posted at Swami Temple at Ishbar in Nishat area.

"One company of BSF is posted at Khir Bhawani mandir, Rashtriya Rifles battalion is headquartered at Bhaderkali temple in Handwara area, joint guard of police and CRPF deployed at Mandir Mattan area," he said.

"An expenditure of Rs 1130.29 lakhs and Rs 154 lakhs respectively has been made for the development of Khir Bhawani and Mattan shrines so far through J&K projects Construction Company Limited".

Besides, facilities have also been provided for pilgrims at various other religious places like Shri Rama Krishna Ashram at Karan Nagar in Srinagar, Sharda Temple at Bandipore and Devsar Temple at Anantnag, he said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2007 17:52 IST