Srinagar, Jun 16: Praising the local workmanship prominently visible on the interiors of the new legislature complex, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Rajan Dasmunsi said it was an excellent engineering feat.
The next, probably the last before general election, session of the Legislative Assembly will be held in the new complex, the construction of which was started about three decades ago.
''Words fail me to express the beauty of the workmanship and the hard work put in for construction of this landmark building'', Mr Dasmunsi said during his visit to the legislature complex along with Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad last evening.
''It is a wonderful complex and an excellent engineering feat'', he added.
The Minister did not hold back his appreciation for the breathtaking wood work, khatamband on the roofs of the assembly and council halls. He said he was highly impressed by the workmanship.
Mr Dasmunsi said the building was a symbol of the vibrant democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country.
He said in no other state of the country such a beautiful and huge complex for the legislature has been completed in such a short time.
The legislature building is in the final stages of completion and the upcoming session of the legislature would be held in the new complex.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister complimented the engineers and labourers for completing the work on the prestigious complex in a record period of ten months by working in three shifts a day.
The construction of the complex had been started in early 80s but was left midway.
The Chief Minister said in view of the severe inconvenience to people in general and shopkeepers and pedestrians in particular due to security restrictions placed during the session of the legislature in Srinagar, he decided to look for an alternate place for the legislature.
He said when he came to know about the abandoned construction he immediately visited the site and decided to complete the project on which only 25 per cent work had been completed by then.
Mr Azad and Dasmunsi also visited the upcoming museum building at Lal Mandi.
The four-storey building is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 28 crore. The project is being executed by the J&K Police Housing Corporation.