Centre Approves Rs 50 Cr Tourism Projects For J&K
15 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Union Ministry of Tourism has cleared projects for development of tourism infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir to the tune of Rs 50 crore. Tourism upgradation projects in J&K were part of a total of Rs 323 crore worth projects cleared by the Tourism Ministry today across the country for the current financial year, official sources said. Rs 4.95 crore worth projects related to development of tourism infrastructure have been cleared in Leh, Rs 2.31 crore for Bungus Valley in Kashmir, Rs 4.84 crore for Kargil and Rs 4.50 crore for Poonch. Rs 1.08 crore have been sanctioned for development of various villages around Sonamarg while Rs 3.66 crore have been approved for development of Gurez and Telail Valley. Tourist resort of Patnitop in Jammu region will get a development fund of Rs 2.83 crore while Dandipora and Anantnag in the Valley will get Rs 3.45 crore and Rs 2.10 crore respectively, sources said. A package of Rs 7 crore has been cleared by the Tourism Ministry for Amarnath Yatra Marg. Bhadarwah tehsil, part of Doda district, and Kishtwar district will get a tourism related development fund worth Rs 4.12 crore and Rs 2.81 crore respectively. Rs 2.06 crore have been approved for Wullar lake in the Valley while the border district of Rajouri in Jammu region has been given Rs 4.34 crore, sources said. 'Tourist Information Centres, public amenities, approach roads, shelters, signages etc will be developed in these projects so that tourists who are visiting Jammu and Kashmir should have trouble free experience in beauty and bounty of the region', the Union Tourism Ministry said while releasing the funds for the State. The Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned total tourism development projects worth Rs 323 crore across the country. 'These projects proposed to create high class tourism infrastructure and facilities which will provide an opportunity for unique experience to the visitors', the Tourism Ministry's release said. It added that during 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012), the Ministry of Tourism also proposed to continue supporting creation of world class infrastructure in the country so that existing tourism products can be further improved and expanded to meet new market requirements and enhance competitiveness of India as a tourist destination. The projects sanctioned today by the Tourism Ministry were approved in consultation with the State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) after identifying several tourist circuits and destinations for integrated development. 'Rs 323 crore worth tourism related package throughout the country was an all time record and will facilitate timely execution of projects during the working season', sources said. The Ministry has sanctioned several projects for development of heritage destinations-circuits in different States of the country, beach and sea tourism, rural tourism, pilgrimage tourism and eco tourism besides special projects for North East region.