Hoteliers’ Club for regulating number of pilgrims

Criticises govt proposal of hike in water tax

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, June 21: Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers’ Club today demanded that limited number of Yatris should be allowed to visit Amarnath Shrine in Kashmir.
 “We are not against the Yatra but the state government should restrict the number of pilgrims and also reduce the time period of the pilgrimage,” said Joint Secretary, JKHC, Tariq Rashid Ghani.
  “Prolonged Yatra  can have  a catastrophic  effect on the environment of the place,” he said.
 He said the flash floods in Uttarkhand was a live example of how environmental degradation can wreak havoc and damage human habitat. “We should take lesson from the incident and safeguard our environment,” Ghani said.
 He said the Amarnath Yatra never faced any threat from anyone. “The pilgrims in fact have always been give warm welcome by Kashmiris.”Notably, the Union Home Minister has said that the Amarnath pilgrimage faces security threat this year.
 The Club also criticized government for its proposal to enhance water tariff to the hotel industry.
 Ghani said that the hotel industry needed government support on various fronts and increasing water charges would only dent the tourism sector.
 “We have natural water resources and now we are being asked to pay hefty charges on its usage. Government should assist hospitality sector for its growth and not burden it with only taxes,” he said, adding that Kashmir possessed abundant water resources which government had failed to exploit.
 “Government has not been able to generate electricity of its own. When it has failed to get revenue from water resources by utilizing it for generation of power, it thinks of charging hoteliers, guesthouses and other commercial establishments,” he lamented.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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