Jammu, April 13 (Scoop News) – Minister for Tourism and culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora has said that Suchetgarh would be developed a mega Border tourist destination for pilgrim tourists visiting Mata Vaishno Devi and other holy shrines of Jammu division, adding that in this regard a project of Rs. 6.39 crore is under implementation for creation of tourist related infrastructure in the area.
Laying foundation of restoration and conservation work of historical Ragunath temple at Suchetgarh in presence of Minister for Medical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Mr R. S. Chib and MLA Suchetgarh Ch. Sham Lal on the eve of Baisakhi festival, Jora said that conservation work of this temple would be completed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. He said an amphitheatre would be also constructed in Suchetgarh and instructed concerned authorities to evict the encroached land at the temple site at the earliest for the purpose.
Jora said that celebration of Baisakhi festival would be now made an annual feature in Suchetgarh. He directed concerned authorities to ensure timely completion of the works being executed for creation of tourist facilities in the area.
The Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib said that government endeavors’ to promote varied tourism activities in
Chib hailed the Central government for providing liberal financial assistance for development of tourism in the state. He said for promotion of border tourism in Suchetgarh and R. S. Pura a prestigious project of Rs 6.39 crore is being implemented for creation of different tourist infrastructure facilities. He said under the project several works are being executed which includes construction of road to BSF, dormitory, pick and chose restaurant, watch towers, tourist facilitation centre, installation of fountains, landscaping, pathways, shelter places at temple and Peer Baba, development of children parks at R. S. Pura, improvement of track up to gharana bird sanctuary, toilet block of old Railway Station R. S. Pura and Suchetgarh.
The Minister said that Suchetgarh was named after Raja Suchet Singh brother of Maha Raja Gulab Singh, has a historical importance. He said by completion of the project the tourist would be able to have a glimpse of rich cultural heritage and lash green beauty of the area.
Chib appreciated the efforts of Tourism Minister for paying focused attention for development of tourism in the state. He also complemented civil society, including panchs and sarpanchs for providing their wholehearted cooperation in over all development process in the area.
MLA Suchetgarh Ch. Sham Lal has also thanked the government for paying focused attention towards all-round development of the area. He said development of border tourism would add in the economy of the locals of the area.
Former Minister Gharu Ram and MLA R. S. Pura Prof. Gharu Ram, Director Tourism Jammu R. S. Mehta, were among others present on the occasion.
Later, the Ministers inaugurated celebration of Baisakhi festival at Suchetgarh. The festival was organized by Tourism Department in collaboration with
The Kud dance, Dogri lokgeets, Bangra and Panjabi dances mesmerized the audience and received applause from every one present on the occasion.