The Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Azim Mattu on Tuesday announced that every single temple in Srinagar that requires repairs and reconstruction would be repaired by SMC. “This is my personal assurance. We will start repair and reconstruction work for at least 30 Mandirs in Srinagar this year”, Mattu tweeted.
He also visited the Sheetal Nath Mandir at Habba Kadal and offered special prayers. The temple, with a history of over 125 years, is located on the banks of Jehlum river in the old Srinagar city.
After the outbreak of militancy in 1990 it was closed down and was thrown open in 2010 for the first time after a long gap of 20 years on the occasion of Basant Panchmi.
Meanwhile, during his visit to the temple Mattua also interacted with the office bearers of the temple management, devotees and passed instructions for comprehensive repairs and reconstruction by SMC keeping its heritage intact.
Neizens tracking the developments in Jammu and Kashmir hailed the announcement made by Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu and wrote comments saying this 'healing touch' will go a long way'.