Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday ordered constitution of a high-level committee in Tourism & Culture departments to convert state's built-in heritage into remunerative and productive assets.
The panel, the Chief Minister said, will hold series of consultations with the Rajasthan-based Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) on the issue.
Speaking at a luncheon meeting with IHHA representatives here, Mufti said J&K is the only state which was a premier tourist destination even before 1947. "Our state is a goldmine of heritage assets and the Government will take all steps to showcase them by maintaining the regal essence of its glorious past," he said.
The Chief Minister also holds the charge of Tourism portfolio.
Mufti said reviving the state's heritage assets and "showcasing them as centrepieces of our culture will save these properties from decay." He tasked the Committee to interact with IHHA in shaping J&K's Heritage Tourism Framework "so that we are able to promote our treasure of built-in heritage as well as rich repository in art, culture, handicraft, cuisine and music."
In earlier meetings chaired on promotion of heritage, the Chief Minister had issued directions to the Tourism Department to restore major heritage monuments and integrate them as destination points into Valley's Tourism Circuit. The State is closely working with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in mapping state's heritage properties, an official spokesman said.