JK gears up to host 2 mn tourists this year

Govt to free hotels, guesthouses from forces: Kichloo


Srinagar, Jan 31: Looking forward to host two million tourists this year, J&K Government is preparing a new Master Plan to cater to the heavy rush.
 “We have almost prepared a new Master Plan. I have already appraised Chief Minister about it,” Minister of State for Tourism Sajad Ahmad Kichloo told Greater Kashmir. 
 The Minister said that they would not allow the repeat of the last year when tourists faced problems because of the lack of accommodation. “The tourists had to sleep in vehicles and on roads last year. It was all because of lack of accommodation. That is not good and we will not allow the same to repeat this year,” he said.
 The minister said the improved situation in Kashmir was bringing more and more tourists to the Valley.
 Kitchloo said that immediate steps were being taken to provide alternate accommodation to the security forces currently staying in the hotels and the guesthouses in the Valley.
 “Security forces vacating the hotels and guesthouses is one of the priorities for the government. It will help make a lot of accommodation free for the tourists. We are looking for suitable alternate accommodation for the security forces and are hopeful that the hotels and guesthouses will be vacated soon,” Kitchloo said.
 “The roads leading to tourist palaces in Kashmir would be made better and given facelift,” he said.
 Official records show that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is staying in 46 hotels and guesthouses in different parts of the capital city and at other tourist resorts in the Valley.
 The MoS Home said: “We expect more than two million tourists this year and for that matter infrastructure has to be upgraded.”
 Official sources said that during past some years the security forces have vacated at least 60 per cent of the hotels and guesthouse they were staying in.
 Due to heavy tourist rush last year, on a directive from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the CRPF vacated some hotels and guesthouses in Srinagar. Some of the hotels were also vacated on the Boulevard Road here on the directions of MHA.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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