Chairman of Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has expressed dismay over the slow pace of tourism development in Doodpathri and Tossamaidan in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Addressing a public gathering here he said, “both the tourism development authorities at Doodpathri and Tossamaidan have miserably failed to explore the full tourism potential due to non availability of adequate funds and technical manpower.”
“Doodpathri- Tossamaidan tourism belt has been the victim of government apathy and neglect despite the fact that the area posses vast and varied tourism potential which needs to be explored optimally. The Doodpathri Gondola project could not take off during last 16 years despite the fact its DPR stands finalized in 2003. Tall claims of the Tourism Department about promotion and showcasing of Doodpathri and Tossamaidan as major tourism attractions have proved to be hollow,” he added.
Commenting on Union Budget proposals, Hakeem Yaseen described it “Old wine in new bottles”. There was nothing for the development of tourism, horticulture, trade and industry in the budget,” Hakeem Yaseen remarked. He demanded a special package for development and promotion of these sectors of vital economic important.