SRINAGAR: Visiting Haryana Governor, Bandaru Dattatreya has commended the increasing influx of tourists to the valley, signalling a positive shift in the region’s dynamics. Speaking during his two-day visit to the valley in connection with the celebration of Navreh, the New Year festival of Kashmiri Pandits, Governor Dattatreya emphasised the improving situation in the Valley.

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Haryana Governor, Bandaru Dattatreya and his taff in Srinagar Tulip Garden on April 9, 2024.

During his visit to the ancient Shiva temple Vicharnag near Soura on Tuesday, Dattatreya joined the Kashmiri Pandit community in commemorating 5,100 years of their existence through the Navreh celebrations. He interacted with a cross-section of people in Srinagar, who informed him about the positive transformation underway in the region. Notably, he highlighted the resurgence of tourism in Kashmir, signifying a growing sense of peace and stability.

Governor Dattatreya pledged to renovate old temples in the Kashmir valley, including the ancient temple of Vicharnag, to restore their historical and cultural significance. His commitment to this cause was met with enthusiasm by the Kashmiri Pandit community and locals. He underscored Kashmir’s contribution to the development of Sanatan Dharma and spiritual consciousness among Indians.

Besides, Governor Dattatreya unveiled a book on the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir police in combating terrorism and released a special calendar commemorating the 5,100 years of the Saptrishi system.

During his visit to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk city centre on Monday, Dattatreya expressed his delight at the progress made in the region, particularly highlighting the renovation of the historic Clock Tower under the Srinagar Smart City Project. He emphasised the importance of peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir, echoing the aspirations of the local populace.

Governor Dattatreya also paid homage to the security men who fell in the line of their duty at the under-construction martyrs’ memorial at Pratap Park, acknowledging their sacrifices for the nation.


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