Building tourism infrastructure in JK must, but natural beauty is equally important: Omar

CM Pitches For Protection Of Environs, Chairs PDA Meeting

Jammu, Nov 19: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday reiterated the need for preserving natural beauty of J&K. He said the development of tourist infrastructure should not interfere in the serenity and environment of tourist resorts.
 Chairing the 6th meeting of Pahalgam Development Authority here this morning, Omar said that revival of tourism industry would generate wide-ranging economic activities for people and help in the growth of economy. However, he added that while planning tourist facilities, maintenance and conservation of environment and ecology should be the top most priority.
  “People visit us for the natural beauty and scenic splendor that God has bestowed on the State. It should be our prime duty to protect and preserve this novelty and specialty for present and future generation,” he said, adding, “Eco-friendly tourism should be popularized and mass awareness created for conservation of State’s bio-diversity and ecology.”
 The meeting was attended by Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, MLA Pahalgam Rafi Ahmad Mir, Financial Commissioner Finance, Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Chief Conservator Forest, Vinod Ranjan, Commissioner/Secretary Tourism, Atal Dullo and various senior officers.
 The meeting discussed matters relating to up-gradation of water supply and electricity facilities in Pahalgam and adjacent areas. It also discussed issues relating to drainage, beautification of Beetab Valley, development of additional picnic spots and camping sites, disposal of garbage, development of walk-ways, registration of ponies and creating skiing slopes in Aru.
 The Chief Minister said that skiers visiting Valley this winter would be send to Aru to ascertain the status of snow and the feasibility of creating skiing slopes in the area.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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