To the much respite to the houseboat owners who were desperate to renovate their houseboats from a long time a Dockyard was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir today at Abikarpora, Dal Gate. The Dockyard constructed by the Tourism Department, at cumulative cost of Rs 3.32 crore is to facilitate the house boat owners for construction and repairs of their house boats.
On the occasion, a book titled ‘House boat the ailing heritage’ written by Manzoor Ahmed Wanganoo was also released.
“House boat owners have a great role to promote tourism in the State. They should provide all modern lodging and boarding facilities to the tourists while staying in house boats”, Tourism Minister said.
As per a statement Mir has emphasised on the support that government would be providing to revive the historical house boats. He said, “In this context, government has also launched an incentive scheme under which, those who intends to setup their units under tourism sector would be provided incentives up to Rs 1 crore.”
While considering the Tourism as thee boost unit of economy in J&K, the minister has said that strenuous efforts are being made to upgrade the tourist related infrastructure, besides to develop new spots in the state, for which crores of rupees are being expended with Centre financial assistance.
The Minister has asked tourism stakeholders to pay special heed on up gradation of tourism infrastructure as due to resilience of the people the State would witness a big boom of tourism activities in near future.