‘Media projecting Kashmir as unsafe destination’
ARIF SHAFI WANI
Srinagar, Apr 6: The Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Sogami on Tuesday blamed media for what he said projecting Jammu and Kashmir as an unsafe destination.
“For past some time, media particularly the news channels have been projecting the state as unsafe and trouble-torn destination. In the name of breaking news, they have been exaggerating the infiltration bids and encounters on the Line of Control. It is ironical that the channels show militants crossing the LoC without any hindrance as if they are on a picnic,” Sogami told reporters on sidelines of a function in Nishat here.
Sogami said such reports were affecting the tourist inflow to the State. “The negative and exaggerated reports create a sense of fear among the potential tourists. It is the responsibility of media to report objectively and project Kashmir as a better and safe place,” he said.
He said the tourist season would be extended till October this year by organising festivals and offering discounts to tourists.
Earlier, the Director Tourism, Farooq Ahmad Shah announced the revival of Doonga Cruise in the river Jhelum from April 13.
“The tourists and locals can enjoy the Doonga Cruise from Peerzo Island to Chattabal Veer amidst Sufiana Music. They would be provided information on the historical structures along the banks of Jhelum. We are committed to promote Kashmir’s rich culture and strengthen the tourism sector,” Shah said.
Meanwhile, he at a meeting reviewed the pace of work on the conservation of Dal and re-alignment of House Boats in this famous lake.
The Minister was informed that 634 house-boats are presently in a Dal Lake of which 156 are C and D categories. It was also told that 52 houseboats have were realigned out of proposed 480 houseboats.
The proposal for rehabilitation of 150 house boat owners was also discussed of which 100 house boats belongs to Dal and 50 from Jehlum and Chauntkul.
Wangnoo assured the Minister of his full cooperation in conservation and preservation of Dal Lake.
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