House Panel For Alternate Route To Kailash Shrine Via Ladakh

20 August 2008
The Times of India


New Delhi: A parliamentary committee has suggested that the government should actively explore the possibility of making the alternate route to Kailash Mansarovar through Demchok in Ladakh a reality. The panel said the alternate route was safer, dependable and shorter than the one in use since 1981 through the Lipulek pass, which requires cooperation with the Chinese government even though only a limited number of tourists are permitted every year. The parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture dealing with the promotion of tourism in J&K said that pilgrim tourism had good potential in all three regions of the state - Jammu, Kashmir valley and Ladakh. The panel, which submitted its 140th report to the Rajya Sabha chairman on Wednesday, also recommended that the culture ministry and ASI should undertake maintenance of three rock-carved Bamiyan-type statues in the state as these were in need of immediate preservation. These Gandhara style statues of Avalokesteshwara were situated in Barsoo Nallah, Appatii and Mulbekh in Shargole block.