J & K

Tourism helps shed misgivings: Mehbooba

March 19, 2017 05:10 AM
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Mumbai, March 19 (KNS): Terming tourism as one of the measures to improve people to people contacts, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has said it helps in reducing frictions and removing misgivings among people and is the best way to promote dialogue.

Mehbooba Mufti had a detailed meeting with the Chairman, of Essel Infra, Subhash Chandra and discussed the possibility of developing water sports at Ranjit Sagar Dam and Wullar Lake in the State.

Addressing a joint session of tour and travel operators of Maharashtra, Gujarat and other adjoining states, the Chief Minister said tourism is the business of people meeting each other and with more such interactions you come to know each other’s place and people in a better way rather than knowing it through other channels. She said by promoting tourism not only are the local economies benefitted but it leads to more cultural exchanges between societies whereby people understand each other better and feel for each other.

Inviting tourists of Maharashtra, Gujarat and other adjoining states to visit Jammu and Kashmir and enjoy its beauty, Mehbooba Mufti said a number of steps have been taken for improving tourist infrastructure in the state, besides giving renewed thrust to road and air connectivity. Moreover, she said, the state has unveiled a tourism Policy by which the tourism sector has been given a structured format. She said every area of the state is being promoted with its uniqueness of attracting tourists.

Mehbooba Mufti said the people of the state have proved themselves as great hosts and despite severe strain like the unrest of last year they cared and hosted tourists in a befitting manner. This gesture needs to be reciprocated with more arrival this year, she added.
Earlier, tourism secretary Farooq Ahmad Shah also impressed upon the tour operators to bring more and more tourists to the state this year. He said many packages like the Tulip festival, summer packages etc. have been devised to attract every segment of society to the state.
Meanwhile, the chief minister continued with her series of meeting with industry leaders to persuade them to invest in the state.
Today Mehbooba Mufti had a detailed meeting with the Chairman of Essel Infra, Subhash Chandra, and discussed the possibility of developing water sports at the Ranjit Sagar Dam and Wullar Lake.

Mr Chandra evinced keen interest in the project and informed the chief minister that his group has already started work on the subject and he himself was planning to visit the state to give the project a concrete shape.

The chief minister also discussed with Mr Chandra areas of infrastructure development, power transmission reforms and solid waste management. The group has successfully implemented several projects in these areas in states like Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
Tourism secretary Farooq Ahmad Shah and President, Business Development, Essel Infra, Kamal Maheshwari, was also present in the meeting. (KNS)

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