Jammu: With a motive to attract tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, the Department of Tourism has taken up several projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for the tourism promotion in J&K.
In this process, a light-and-sound fountain worth Rs 10.5 crore is all set to be made operational by or before December 20 following its inauguration Bagh-e-Bahu Park in Jammu.
“The light-and-sound fountain is set up in the park and its trial run is under progress,” said an official in the Tourism Department highlighting works done under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) projects.
He said that the motive of the light-and-sound fountain in Jammu’s famous park was to provide an opportunity for evening leisure for tourists and locals.
“During the night, the fountain becomes more attractive which will help in attracting tourists. It is the first fountain of its kind in the Jammu region,” the official said.
He said that similarly a light-and-sound project was being established at Hari Parbat in Srinagar worth Rs 5.5 crore.
“This project is also in its final stages and may be ready by December end,” the official said.
He said that another light-and-sound project had been sanctioned and it would be established near the Nigeen Lake for which necessary clearances were being obtained from the regulatory authority.
“A light-and-sound fountain near SKICC in Srinagar has already become an attraction following which another was sanctioned at Nigeen Lake,” the official said.
He said that a cruise was functional near SKICC which was commissioned recently and they were receiving a good response from the people despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are working to upgrade the infrastructure and explore the unexplored destinations both in Jammu as well as in Kashmir for the promotion of tourism and economic upliftment of the people associated with the tourism sector and those living around these untapped tourist destinations,” the official said.
He said that they had organised several events for the publicity and promotion of the unexplored destinations to harness their huge potential.