Hold winter games in Bangus Valley: Locals

‘It will generate employment opportunities’
Hold winter games in Bangus Valley: Locals
Bangus Valley is a vast pasture where nomads graze their cattle from April to October.File/ GK

Kupwara: The residents of Kupwara Wednesday urged authorities to hold winter games in Bangus valley this year so that it could help in job creation in this far-flung area.

A group of local residents said that the Bangus Valley has a vast scope for winter games. “ We urge the Lieutenant Governor administration to take concrete steps in order to hold winter games here from this year onwards.”

“Bangus valley has large slopes which could be used by local and foreign skiers for skiing. Bangus witnesses several feet of snow and if developed properly it can help in providing employment opportunities to the local population,” a local from Reddi Chowkibal said.

“Government should take concrete steps to make all the three roads including Kupwara-Chowkibal, Handwara-Rajwara and Handwara-Mawer motorable,” said Muhammad Shafi who is a seasonal teacher at Bangus.

“Until the three roads are being developed and made motorable, the government should start a chopper service from this year for tourists so that they can enjoy the beauty of Bangus during winters,” he added.

The residents said that both Chotta and Badda Bangus have a large scope for holding winter games so the present dispensation at New Delhi should rise to the occasion and fulfill the genuine demand of locals. Meanwhile, District Development Council Chairman Kupwara, Irfan Sultan Panditpori acknowledged the demand of people. He said “if developed properly, Bangus valley could certainly be a source of employment for hundreds of locals.”

Regarding holding of winter games at Bangus valley he said that the demand of people would be taken up with the concerned authorities.“I would certainly take up this issue with LG Manoj Sinha and hopefully some concrete result would come out,” Pandipori said.

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