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Several tourism sector projects of Jammu ignored

Last Updated on May 18, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Various tourism projects in Jammu are being ignored and neglected by the government since a long time. Several months have passed but yet no decision has been made on various projects suggested for funding under NABARD in order to promote tourism sector in Jammu.

It is pertinent to mention that the then Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Raghav Langer in a meeting in December discussed the proposed Externally Aided Projects under NABARD for the promotion of tourism sector of Jammu division. Deputy Commissioners were directed to send formal proposals to the Director Tourism Jammu regarding Shiv Khori Ropeway; Sanasar Ropeway; development of tourist resort at Padder in Kishtwar; adventure tourism circuit of Bani-Basohli-Sarthal-Bhaderwah-Sinthan; integrated development of Mansar and Surinsar and installation of artificial ice rinks at Bhaderwah and Poonch etc.

Also discussions were held on various other projects with Deputy Commissioners to increase the tourism footfall.

Deputy Commissioners submitted the respective proposals to the Director Tourism Jammu and then was forwarded to the Administrative Department for required steps at its end. But even after passing of several months, no decision on the proposals has been taken.

 Meanwhile, there is no progress on the direction for identification of suitable land and to explore the possibility of starting water park on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in Samba and Reasi for the attraction of tourists.

Senior officer of the Directorate of Tourism Jammu told Excelsior that proposals received from the Deputy Commissioners were forwarded to the Administrative Department and said that they have completed their process and now decision is to be taken at the higher level.