20 new tourism projects sanctioned for JK: Mir


Srinagar, Jan 25: Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, said that strenuous efforts would be made to complete the ongoing tourism infrastructure projects in Jammu and Kashmir with financial support of the central government and under state plan.
 Interacting with several delegations of tourism trades and travel associations here today, the minister said the government would take all necessary steps to redress their genuine demands.
 The minister said that providing all modern facilities to the visiting tourists was the priority of the government, an official statement said.
 Enumerating the “initiatives taken by the government for holistic development of tourism sector in the State”, the Minister said that Centre this fiscal has sanctioned 20 new tourism projects of Rs 97.36 crore to the State, against which Rs 19.18 crore have been released as first instalment to take up the works.
 He asserted that the completion of the projects would get focused attention by his Ministry.
 The Minister said that necessary direction have been issued to concerned executing authorities to double their efforts for timely completion of the projects so that the visiting tourists could not face any inconvenience while visiting the State.
 Giving the details of the projects sanctioned this year, the Minister said the construction of Kashmir Haat at Chinar Bagh,  development of picnic spot at Pahalgam, light and sound show at Shalimar Bagh, construction of budgeted accommodation at Aharbal and Lolab- Bangus- Drangyari would be completed at a cost of Rs 22.28 crore.
 He said the construction of TRC at Yousmarg, eco-friendly development of Sutkudi base camp to Vishansar, Sonamarg, development of Sarbal lake at Veering, development of Jamie Masjid heritage corridor as a tourist destination, development of Doodpathari as tourist resort, setting up of laser show/multimedia show at Dal lake and development of wayside facilities and up-gradation of Amarnathji Yatra track would be carried out at the cost of Rs. 22.52 crore in Kashmir valley.
 The minister said that in Jammu division under the Centres this fiscal sanctioned projects development of tourist infrastructure  at Natha top and development of Sanaser lake, conservation and restoration of Mubarak Mandi heritage complex as mega tourist, development of tourist infrastructure at Mansar lake, development of Mugal road lake circuit Poonch, development of tourist spots in BallwanBasoli and Bani area and Development and promotion of pilgrim circuit at Gurdawara Nangali Sahib in Poonch besides integrated development of tourist circuit Darhal as base camp and Shaker Marg as gateway to the tourist destination of Pirpanchal range would be completed at the total cost of Rs. 38.68 crore.
 He said likewise Rs 4.45 crore projects for development of tourist infrastructure in Kargil tourist spot have been also sanctioned by the Centre.
 Complementing the local tourism fraternity for their significant role in tourism sector, Mir said he would address all the issues which are confronting the trade.
 The Tourism Minister said that “J&K is blessed with natural beauty which attracts visitors from various countries. After agriculture and horticulture, tourism is the biggest contributor to the economy. But, unfortunately, this sector received blow during militancy”. He said that for the last few years, tourism is reviving and we are hopeful of good tourist season this year also. We have to work collectively to make J&K as the number one tourist destination.
 “We have a lean tourist season at present and this time we are moving to different places in India and abroad to promote J&K as an attractive tourist destination. But we have to help bring peace in our region so that tourism is given chance to flourish,” Mir asserted while interacting with the tour and travel trade bodies.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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