Tourism debacle; about hundreds of crores to go waste
Jammu and Kashmir: Despite the fact that tourism is back bone of state’s economy, politicians leave no stone unturned to disrupt peace for the pity political gains in valley. Parroting withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) by all the political parties of valley including Congress, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party not only resulted in killing of army personals but also helped in moral boosting of anti national elements in the state.
Real News Agency
Tourism witnessed huge response for the past two years due to unprecedented rush to which tourism department had done a hectic parlays. But current years thins have changed altogether due to unavoidable circumstances. As, government has spent hundreds of crores of rupees for developing various tourism circuits across the state for tourist activities but all in-vain. Several crores worth projects which were waiting centre’s nod had been thrown to limbo. Sources in Ministry of Tourism Government of India have said that unless situation improves in J&K allocation of funds is not possible.
Though, Rs. 50 crore for developing Sufi circuit in Kashmir is also under consideration of Centre government besides Rs 50 crore for pilgrim tourism in Jammu, has been also put at back burner. Above all burning mid night oil by ministry in European countries for waving off advisories and promotion of tourism goes waste.
Gulfam a hotelier, while commenting over prevailing situation said that past year season was so grim that there was no place in maximum number of hotels. But this year there are no visitors and the booking are being cancelled by tourists to unsuitable circumstances. He said that for the past few years tourism related industries were doing good and earning comfortably two ends meet, which seems difficult this season.
Taxi Transporters Association, Chairman Inderjit Sharma while expressing dismay with the ongoing developments said that it is difficult for a businessman to continue as there is no guarantee of income but still expenses are due at every month end. He said that if the unfavourable situation continues to be so government should have to come forward to save the business community especially to those related with tourism industry.
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