Like other parts of the country, World Heritage Day was also observed in the Valley and in this connection a grand function was organized by Academy of Art, Culture and Languages,. Besides a seminar, the century old price less documents, rare manuscripts, Art objects miniatures and calligraphy specimen were exhibited on the occasion.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon was the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Samoon highlighted the importance of organizing such functions and emphasized for preserving the historical and priceless centuries old monuments, documents heritage sites etc. He said "we should be proud on our rich heritage, which is rare in the world." He said, the State is very rich in natural heritage along the corners of the State. He said no doubt, several monuments have been renovated and restored in their original glory yet there are certain things on which we should focus now and it is the responsibility of the whole community, especially civil society members to come forward for giving protection to these.
He further said that during this year, 14 lakh evergreen plants, besides 14000 chinars free of cost have been planted throughout the Valley by involving the educational institutions and others. He said the chinar tree is our identification and nobody would be allowed to damage these trees.
Meanwhile Inspector General of Police SM Sahai advised the students to develop taste for the heritage and its preservation.
IGP Kashmir was speaking in a function organized by the Directorate of Tourism on World Heritage week at SKICC, Srinagar.
He said that the perseverance of heritage should not be misinterpreted as only to preserve old buildings but it is also about culture, traditions, language as well as cuisine. IGP stressed upon the students to take up the subjects of humanities besides science as that will give them better understanding of significance of preservation of heritage.
Director Tourism Farooq Ahmad Shah, Ex DG Tourism Saleem Beigh, Principal of Institute of Hotel Management, Srinagar also attended the function.