JK shelves plan of opening trekking tracks
Jammu, July 16: The state government would shelve the plan to open up seven recognized trekking tracks closed in nineties as the Union Home Ministry did not given its clearance on grounds of security situation.
The tourism department had planned to open the trekking routes in Doda, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Poonch and Kashmir valley to attract the adventure tourists during this year.
Sources said the central government has withheld its clearance for now.
The government had identified tracks along Bangus, Gurez, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda for creating infrastructure for holding adventure expeditions.
“We had already asked the central security agencies for security clearance and will again take up the issue in due course of time,” said Rigzin Zora, tourism minister.
It is pertinent to mention that about three years back, the state government had started trekking tours in Gulmarg, Aharbal and Sonmarg for the tourists and keeping in view immense response from the visitors, government had identified new areas, particularly in new districts.
“Some areas in Kashmir valley have been hosting trekking but it is still on small scale and if we get necessary clearance it can be exploited fully and advertised in proper way,” said Jora.
This year the state government had tied up with nearly 20 travel agencies to market Jammu and Kashmir across the world but the plan could not materialize following fresh spate of tension in the valley.
The state government had also invited private companies for developing required infrastructure on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to boost its public image and modernize its present infrastructure.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM JAMMU
- JK shelves plan of opening trekking tracks
- VO to probe allegations against CAPD officials
- Army says pressure mounting on militants to infiltrate
- '200 bedded maternity hospital in Jammu soon'
- Freshers elated as class work begins in Jammu colleges
- 4 injured in road mishaps
- Farmers lock AEE office
- Nomads evicted from school building
- Jammu college students to get Rs 1 lakh insurance cover
- Cop dies of heart attack
- Minor ‘raped’ in Udhampur
- 2 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath shrine
- 2 smugglers arrested
- Boy drowns
Srinagar, July 16: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, air-dashed to New Delhi this evening to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir with central government. According More
- Srinagar City
‘She was not a stone thrower’
Srinagar, July 16: A white-colour ceiling fan whirls leisurely in a 10x8 feet room, renovated recently. This is where the dreams of this family were shattered when 24-year old Fancy Jan fell to a More
Jammu, July 16: The state government would shelve the plan to open up seven recognized trekking tracks closed in nineties as the Union Home Ministry did not given its clearance on grounds of security situation More
- South Asia
New Delhi, July 16: National Conference President and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has launched a scathing attack on Indian Army Chief General V K Singh for criticising Omar Abdullah More
Jammu, July 16: While monsoon rain eludes J&K, the good news for the farmers is that Western Disturbance (WD) has saved the Kharief crops this year. According to the Agro-Met division of the More