Proposed tourism festival at Doodhpathri a welcome step: Yaseen

Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Tourism department to hold a mega tourism extravaganza at the upcoming tourism destination of Doodhpathri in Khansahib, Budgam.

A statement of PDF issued here quoted Yaseen as saying that the tourism festival would go a long way to invite and promote Doodhpathri tourist resort among the local as well as outside visitors.

Appreciating the Tourism department’s step to hold tourism festival at Doodhpathri from March 6, Yaseen said that the step would help attract tourists to visit this picturesque and virgin tourist destination.

He called for a massive publicity campaign and well-tailored festival offers for intending visitors to make the event a grand success.

Yaseen said there was a dire need to upgrade the existing infrastructure at Doodhpathri for providing better and convenient boarding and lodging services to the visitors.

He has also welcomed the government’s announcement of spending Rs 100 crore for infrastructure development of Doodhpathri, Yousmarg, Tosamaidan under PMDP. The PDF chairman urged the government to finalise the Doodhpathri Draft Master Plan at the earliest so that beautification and development of this breathtaking natural tourist destination was taken up in a holistic and planned manner.

He flayed the concerned authorities for failure to finalise Doodhpathri Master Plan till date despite being drafted in 2011.

He said the general people and the local public representatives should be taken onboard while notifying nine adjacent villages as tourist villages proposed under the Doodhpathri Master Plan.

Yaseen said Doodhpathri had a vast tourism potential for adventure, water and winter tourism which needs to be exploited optimally to make it an all-season tourist destination.