Continuing her public outreach program, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday visited Pahalgam. On the second day of her tour to district Islamabad, Mehbooba, spokesman said enquired about the tourist arrivals, sanitation, preparations for the winter festival and other facilities available to tourists.
During her visit, she visited Pahalgam Club and took stock of the facilities put in place for the visitors. She also visited some other places in the town where developmental activities are going on and asked for pacing them up.
The officers present briefed Mehbooba about various beautification works at the tourist spot under execution. She was informed that beautification of Aru village is under execution at a cost of Rs, 1.37 crore which involves Rs. 70 lac fencing project for the 1500 kanal park.
Spokesman said Mehbooba also reviewed the status of Rs. 2.69 crore Serene Park being built over an area of 88 kanals of land. She also took briefing on the Choorkadal Bridge being built at a cost of Rs. 85 lacs. The bridge would enhance the tourist attraction of the place by connecting Pahalgam bowl with Shikargah, a famed destination for foreign travelers in yesteryears. She also took review of Rs. 1.86 crore Tourist Facilitation Centre, Aishmuqam which would have many facilities for the convenience of visitors.
Asking executing agencies to gear up, she spokesman said impressed upon all the concerned agencies to get the works completed at the earliest and ensure that sanitation is maintained to the highest level to make visitors’ stay much more comfortable.
She also interacted with the hoteliers and other members of tourism fraternity who apprised her of their activities and difficulties.
Vice Chairman, JKTDC, Rafi Ahmad Mir; Secretary, Tourism, Sarmad Hafiz; Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Muhammad Younis Malik; Chief Executive, Pahalgam Development Authority, Simnani and other officers of Tourism, PDA and district administration accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.