Proposed infrastructures will make J&K UT blink on international map: Suri

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/23/2021 2:10:54 PM


Jammu, Jan 22 “Several untapped and unexplored tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir need special attention while pilgrimage tourism, if supported with adequate infrastructure, can help generate enough employment, uplift socio-economic standards of people and also give a fillip to tourism industry in a big way. The 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) led by its chairman T G Venkatesh, which is on tour of J&K UT, must also look into this aspect and recommend measures to the Union Government regarding the same”. This was stated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K Executive Member Raman Suri, who added that the reservoir of Ranjit Sagar Dam on Basohli side and its islands, Kishtwar &Bhaderwah mountains and their planes, religious sites of Poonch and Rajouri, border areas including wetlands of Jammu and Kathua, seven lakes of Jammu region, green locations of Udhampur and Batote including Yoga Centres and pastures of Sanasar besides several historic temples, all need a good road accessibility and allied infrastructure, the work on many though has already started, to tap the full potential of tourism. He said, previous governments of National Conference, Congress or PDP always promoted a chosen few destinations but cared least for other areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Far off areas of Doda, Jammu, Bhaderwah, Poonch, Rajouri, Bani, Basohli, Udhampur, Ramban, Dudu Basantgarh or Katra never got the required attention, infrastructure or other allied facilities that could attract tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir. He said, concern of all those stake holders who met the parliamentary delegation at Srinagar is right but Jammu also needs special attention. Raman Suri, who is also General Secretary of Tourism Federation Jammu, said thatHon’ble PM Modi and MP Dr. Jitendra Singh, both have initiated several tourism related projects in Jammu and Kashmir, and intend to do a lot more for the UT. However, it is necessary to draw the attention of visiting parliamentarians towards the untapped and unexplored areas so that the boost in tourism industry could,along with it, bring in a sea change in the level of confidence of people, generate employment and help J&K UT blink on the international tourism map. Jammu and Kashmir, Raman Suriadded, needs better highways, preservation of archaeological and heritage sites besides recreational areas to engage people as well as generate employment.

 

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