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Mehbooba Mufti instructs tourism department to develop infrastructure in Pir Panchal

The Chief Minister took a comprehensive review of key developmental projects in the Pir Panchal districts and called for a proactive approach to expedite implementation of infrastructural and developmental projects in the region.

By: PTI | Srinagar |
September 27, 2016 1:26:26 am
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed the Tourism department to focus on creation of tourism-based infrastructure in the Pir Panchal districts of Rajouri and Poonch in view of its huge potential in heritage, adventure and border tourism.
“Rajouri and Poonch districts have a huge potential in heritage, adventure and border tourism. The Tourism department is directed to focus on creation of tourism-based infrastructure that help in attracting tourists to the area and are also important from tourism promotion point of view,” Mehbooba said while chairing a high-level meeting in Srinagar.

The Chief Minister took a comprehensive review of key developmental projects in the Pir Panchal districts and called for a proactive approach to expedite implementation of infrastructural and developmental projects in the region. While taking sector and scheme-wise review of the developmental programmes and projects under implementation in the twin districts, she gave specific directions to the
concerned administrative secretaries with regard to these and directed the concerned executing agencies to speed up the work on all such key projects so that these are completed within the set time-frame.

Mehbooba noted that tourism infrastructure needs to be developed keeping in mind its relevance to the region and also its linkage to creation of livelihood opportunities for locals in the area. She underscored the importance of development of wayside facilities along the Mughal Road which connects the two districts with the valley, highlighting its direct relevance to the development of tourism in the Pir Panchal region. While reviewing the key projects under the tourism sector, the Chief Minister was informed that various projects have been proposed under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), including development of tourist facilities viz cafeteria, pathway, landscaping, tourist benches at Loran and cafeteria, approach road, landscaping, pathways, parking, tourist benches and lighting at Jalian in Poonch. Similarly, tourism projects in Rajouri include development of tourist facilities at hot spring- Tata Pani, Rajouri Development Authority Midway Complex and tourist facilities around Rajouri Qila Dantitop.

The tourist facilities are also being developed at Noori Chamb and Peer ki Gali. While as trekking routes with base camp facilities for
tourists shall be developed with regard to development of seven lakes as a tourist destination in the Pir Panchal region, an official spokesman said.Regarding declaration of Mughal Road as National Highway and construction of tunnel on it, the spokesman said the meeting was informed that the matter is being vigorously pursued with Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Stressing the need for improving and upgrading the road connectivity in the Pir Panchal region, Mehbooba issued instructions for expediting work on important roads including Budhal-Shopian road.

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Mehbooba also called upon Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to improve the critical stretches on the Mughal Road and various other roads that are maintained by the organisation,the spokesman said.  He said the meeting was informed that 246 km Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch road has been declared as new National Highway by centre and Jammu to Akhnoor (35 kms) has been entrusted to National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) and will be upgraded to four-lane. Various projects under PMGSY, CRF and construction of major bridges in the region were also reviewed in the meeting, the spokesman said, adding black-topping of around 250 kms has already been done in the two districts.

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