A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Inc) led by the President Javid Ahmad Tenga on Monday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra’s advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, at Srinagar and issues relating to Tourism, Flood Control, Transport, Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture were discussed in detail.
The spokesman in a statement said that several suggestions were put forward for the consideration of the Hon’ble Advisor to revive this sector. The KCC&I drew the attention of the advisor Ganai towards the non-functioning first phase of the Gulmarg Gondola. The Chamber objected to the exorbitant air fares being charged which had made travelling out of bounds for the general public, students, patients and tourists. The KCC&I urged for the creation of a corpus fund by the government for block purchase of tickets which would help in regulating the ticket prices.
The Chamber welcomed the prompt response demonstrated by the State administration while responding to the threat of floods on June 29, 30, 2018. The Chamber suggested various short and long-term measures for prevention and management of disasters included floods. The Chamber expressed its concern over the haphazard manner in which the dredging had been carried out and the failure to increase water absorption capacity of various rivers, lakes as also the sewerage system, the KCC&I demanded accountability for time wasted and money spent which had put at risk the lives and properties of the general public. The Chamber also suggested that the Shikaras kept for flood duty needed to be mounted with engines for being effective during floods.
The KCC&I advised activation of the State Transport Authority for the formulation of clear policies in consultation with stake holders. Identification of designated Auto / Taxi stands with proper regulation of fares was stressed upon by the Chamber.
The Hon’ble Advisor while appreciating the inputs given by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry assured the delegation that effective follow-up action would be initiated on these issues.