J-K govt shifts to winter capital Jammu

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
Speaking on the occasion, Azad expressed concern over the imposition of emergency in Pakistan, saying it was ‘unfortunate’.

Soon after the opening of the civil secretariat in Jammu, the Chief Minister told reporters that he was hopeful that normalcy would return to Pakistan.

“We hope normalcy returns to Pakistan. For last three to four years the relation of India and Pakistan had improved regarding Kashmir. I hope things become normal in Pakistan it is not only good for Pakistan, but also for India as any turbulence in Pakistan effects our state directly,” said Azad.

The bi-annual practice of shifting the seat of government for six months to Jammu and for the remaining six months to Srinagar is also known as “Darbar Move.” It has been inherited from the erstwhile Dogra rulers, dating back to the 19th century.

The Dogra rulers, who hailed from Jammu region, used to shift the royal court locally known as “Durbar” to Srinagar about 300 kms away for six months with the onset of summer, as mercury in Srinagar dips as low as minus 10 degrees centigrade in winter months while Jammu, in the plains, remains relatively warm. (ANI)

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