Minister for Tourism, G A Mir has said that to create up-graded tourist infrastructure besides to develop tourist attractions at new potential spots strenuous efforts would be made to complete the ongoing projects taken up in the state with financial support of the central government and under state plan.
Interacting with several delegation of tourism trade and Travel Associations, who met the Minister here today to put forth their demands and pleaded for up- gradation of tourist facilities at different destinations in the state, Mir assured the delegations that government would take all necessary steps to redress their genuine demands adding that providing all modern facilities to the visiting tourists was the priority of the government.
Enumerating the initiatives taken by the government for holistic development of tourism sector in the state, the Minister said that centre this fiscal has sanctioned so far 20 new tourism projects of Rs. 97.36 crore to the state, against which Rs. 19.18 crore have been released as first installment to take up the works . He asserted that completion of these projects besides other ongoing projects would get focused attention of his Ministry for their early completion.
Mir while talking to delegation said that necessary direction have been issued to concerned executing authorities to double their efforts for timely completion of the projects so that the visiting tourists could not face any inconvenience while visiting the state.
Complementing the local tourism fraternity for their significant role in tourism sector, Mir said he would address all the issues which are confronting the trade.
“J&K is blessed with natural beauty which attracts visitors from various countries. After agriculture and horticulture, tourism is the biggest contributor to the economy. But, unfortunately, this sector received blow during militancy”, said Mir adding that for the last few years, tourism is reviving and we are hopeful of good tourist season this year also. “We have to work collectively to make J&K as the number one tourist destination,” Mir said.
“We have a lean tourist season at present and this time we are moving to different places in India and abroad to promote J&K as an attractive tourist destination. But we have to help bring peace in our region so that tourism is given chance to flourish,” Mir asserted while interacting with the tour and travel trade bodies.