Nigeen Club

Nigeen, Srinagar Srinagar J&K India

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About The Club

Backwards into Time: It is not as if something completely new has come up in the city. The club has a history to stand on. In the year 1900, Nigeen Club was constructed by British on the orchard land owned by the Deewan family, after being en snarled by the supreme beauty of the lake. They used it as a recreational centre and later built a guest house adjacent to it in 1940, wherein the British Residents used to stay. The British would spend their leisure time in the club, playing cards and other games. This was it then. After the British Phase of history came to end, structures and institution set up by them passed onto to the indigenous hands. Going by the information provided by the Tourist Officer Nigeeen Club, Mr. Javed Iqbal, Department of Tourism purchased the stretch of land from Asha- e- Bagh Bridge to the Club fence. The Department started managing this piece of land once it was acquired by them. According to the official records, a copy of which is lying with GK Plus, after taking over the Club, Government constituted an adhoc committee of officers to manage the affairs vide Government Order No: 27- Tsm/ 68 of 1968 dated 31/ 5/ 1968 and 117- Tsm/ 68 of 1968 dated 24/ 12/ 1968. the committee was headed by the then Director Tourism, Amar Singh, who also became the first Chairman of the Club. The Committee also included Chief Engineer Public Health, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar and representatives of the Srinagar Club. The document further reveals that adhoc committee set up a sub- committee for drafting the constitution for the Club. The sub- committee comprising Brigadier Mr. M M Singh ( Chairman) Mr. J B Nanda and S P Mr. Sahni, framed the by- laws which were later approved of by the government vide GO No. 84- T& S/ 1971 dated 24/ 06/ 1971. The affairs of the club were run by the executive committee which was reconstituted from time to time by the government vide three different orders till 1988. According to Mr. Javed Iqbal, the Club had an impressive membership comprising senior government functionaries and top businessmen. The Club provided an ideal environment for them to socialize with each other and make the most of their leisure.

Grim Interruption: The club had all the facilities for those who wanted to retire for a while and do away with the tiring, occasionally boring, routine of life. But it all came to an end once the very color of life in Kashmir changed for worse. The Club activities came to a grinding halt after the building was gutted in a devastating fire in 1989. Like most of the public spaces this one too was occupied by Indian Security organizations; first, Border Security Force and later, Central Reserve Police Force. The residential bungalow of the Club having seven bed rooms, dining hall, lounge and pantry housed the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Back to life: The Deputy Director Tourism, Mr. Mehmood Ahmad, while commenting on the evacuation of various forces revealed that the then Government appointed Director SK International Convention Centre as the Club administrator vide GO No. 90 TSM of 1996 dated 14/ 15/ 1996 and subsequently asked the CRPF to vacate the building. Responding to the government instruction vide GO No. 750/ P& S, it was on the 28th day of December, year 2007 CRPF evacuated the building.The government subsequently issued the renovation order and appointed Director Tourism as the Club Administrator. Just after some months, in April 2008, renovation work took off, under the supervision of the engineering wing of Tourism Department.
New Beginning: The efforts of the Department came visibly to fruition in July 2009. Spread over 45 kanals of land, the newly constructed Club building was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah. With this it was thrown open to visitors.  As the bylaws for Club membership are yet to be issued, the Department has kept the Club open for visitors against the payment of Rs 50 per person; over and above the visitors have to tender out money for every facility they avail.
Peep into Future: Nigeen Club has all the elements to attract the members across the social spectrum. Now that an ugly phase of its history is over, one can only hope that people of Kashmir are allowed to make the most of it; its membership caters to as wider a segment of society as possible, and some arrangements is put in place so that others also benefit from it. If that happens it can really deserve the title of being a public space.

Facilities

Conference Hall: The Club has a spacious, centrally heated conference hall fitted with comfortable chairs and dais for speakers. The Hall is equipped with the latest sound system and can accommodate 150 persons.  Many conferences were organized by SK Institute of Medical Sciences and other departments this year and the visitors, especially those from other states attending these conferences were spellbound by the club ambience.

Restaurant: The Club restaurant offers wide variety of delicacies ranging from Kashmiri cuisine to Chinese. The restaurant is being run by trained unemployed youth who were selected after following a proper procedure. According to the restaurant manager, Mr. Bilal Ahmad Nanda, it offers soups, variety of chicken, chopsuey, chowmin, chow chow, Manchurian, noodles, spring rolls, Chinese salad, deserts and a whole array of other dishes. to its customers.

Coffee Shop : It offers different types of hot beverages and snacks and has hi- fi music system to create an idyllic ambience. Some people opt for holding ring ceremonies here as it remains less crowded.

Gymnasium : The health club has latest equipment for exercise and muscle building.

Two trainers have been appointed to help those availing the facilities within the health club.

Sauna and Steam Bath: The club visitors can also avail the Sauna and Steam bath service which are beneficial for the patients suffering from arthritis and other disorders.

Billiards/ Snooker/ Card Room : The club has a billiard and snookers room where the players can enjoy the game. It has a separate card room also.

Library: The club library houses variety of books on tourism, travelogues, culture and trekking.

According to the Deputy Director Tourism, Mr. Mehmood Ahmad, the proposed additional facilities for the club are swimming pool, lawn tennis court, squash court and artificial climbing wall.

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