J&K Govt to promote Jammu,emerging as tourism hub of pilgrim
Rigzin Jora was addressing in three day Baisakhi Festival, organized by Tourism Department in collaboration with Tour and Travel stake holders, which concluded here this evening. The objective of the festival was to highlight the varied tourism potential of
The Minister said that a massive infrastructure developmental programme has also been started in the region under tourism sector. He said a large number of infrastructure facilities have been created at prime tourist destination, besides taking up the development of new tourism destinations.
He said “to meet the challenges in tourism our emphasis is on diversification and providing requisite infrastructure facilities for adventure, pilgrims and heritage tourism in the State”.
The Minister said that efforts are being made so that pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi to other tourist resorts of the region that will not generate economic activities but will also go a long way in bringing these spots on the tourism map. He said tourist
Giving the details of some initiatives taken by the Government for development and upgrading of tourism infrastructure in Jammu division, the Minister said that the restoration and conservation work of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.200 crore, adding that out of which Rs.50 crore, have been approved by the Centre for the current financial year.
Jora said that illumination at Kudh Patnitop is being taken up at a cost of Rs.1.11 crore. He said a TRC Complex at Sharthal Devi Ji Kishtwar would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.3.50 crore, adding that the development and conservation of pilgrim spot Peerkho has been taken up at a cost of Rs.3.50 crore. He said Rs.11.87 crore have been spent on three tourist circuits in
He said that Akhnoor a revered pilgrim site is being explored by upgrading infrastructure facilities and creating other attraction for the visiting devotees. He said so far Rs.7 crore have been utilized for creating various infrastructure facilities at the site, adding that the Government have earmarked Rs.5 crore to create more infrastructure facilities at Akhnoor and its vicinity for devotees. He said the Government intends to development water sports tourism on River Chenab at Akhnoor, for which river sports events would be organized.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, reiterated that the Government was paying focused attention for exploiting the varied tourism potential of
Bhalla said that a number of measures have been taken to development new tourism spots and conservation of century old monuments of the region. He said that focused attention was being paid for conservation and restoration of pristine glory of
The cultural procession was flagged off by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla.
At Harki Poodi, a famous pilgrim spot of city of
On the occasion, the locals took pledge to contribute whole heartedly for exploring the rich tourism potential of the region with special thrust on pilgrim tourism.
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