Rana seeks rollback of NGT directives

Jammu, Publish Date: Dec 17 2017 12:35AM | Updated Date: Dec 17 2017 12:35AM
Rana seeks rollback of NGT directives

National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Saturday questioned the rationale behind unwarranted intrusion into spiritual and most popular pilgrimages of Amarnath in Kashmir and Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu, saying its ramifications on religious sentiments of a particular section of society besides state economy could be irreparable

“The one after another directive from the National Green Tribunal to single out these two pilgrimages is intriguing, more so the silence of Jammu and Kashmir government that is showing surprising indifference”,  Rana said while interacting with  a strong contingent of yatris after flagging them off from Kandoli Temple  for Haridwar here this morning. The yatra is an annual feature connected with holy dip in Haridwar on Amawasya.

Hoping that the devout will go as ambassadors of peace from the state, known for its time- tested pluralistic ethos, Rana made a passionate appeal for spreading the message of tranquility and harmony, which is under severe threat from the divisive forces.

“At a time the state government is showcasing tourism across the country by organizing road-shows in various metropolises to woo tourists, the most viable segment of pilgrim tourism is allowed to fall prey to green activism”, he said, adding that reduction in numbers to Vaishno Devi Shrine will cast shadow on the already precarious state economy. Coming as it is in the wake of railway extension to Katra, the pilgrim reduction will be yet another blow to all those thriving on religious tourism, he lamented.

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