Save tourist places from illegal constructions: TAAK

Welcomes Vohra’s statement

Srinagar, May 17: Travel Agents’ Association of Kashmir (TAAK) today welcomed a statement by Governor N N Vohra in which he had stressed the need for preserving the natural beauty of Kashmir and expressed concern over “mushrooming of unplanned and illegal constructions in the Valley.”
 President TAAK Rauf Tramboo said the association had always pitched for preservation and maintenance of tourist places which attracted tourists because of their natural beauty.
 “Pahalgam and Gulmarg which have seen mushroom growth of unplanned constructions in recent past are losing their charm to the tourists,” he said.
 “Sonmarag, which has great potential for adventure tourism,” he said, “is witnessing haphazard and unwanted concrete growth.”
 He said: “The random permissions given to construct the buildings at the place are ruining this great adventure tourist destination.”
 “In the absence of tourism policy the illegal constructions are bound to happen as has been rightly observed by the Governor.”
 Meanwhile, the TAAK has appealed the government to stop the “illegal and unwanted constructions at Sonamarg and along Sindh immediately as otherwise they will prove detrimental to the planned growth and disastrous for the environment of the area.” 
 Pertinently, Governor NN Vohra Wednesday while castigating the state government for its “failure” to check menacing Master Plan violations in Kashmir, had said mushrooming of unplanned and illegal constructions was taking toll on the Valley’s scenic beauty.
 He had said the state government should initiate immediate measures to check the menace of illegal constructions to save the Valley from further destruction.
 “During my recent visit to Sonamarg, I was shocked to see number of concrete structures coming up near water bodies and rivers. If the authorities don’t act immediately to check the menace of illegal constructions, Kashmir will soon turn into a concrete jungle,” Vohra had said at the valedictory session of 2-day Al-Khuddam Tourism Conclave at the SKICC, here last evening.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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