Will Demolish Illegal Constructions At Tourist Spots: Altaf

Will Demolish Illegal Constructions At Tourist Spots: Altaf

22 May 2013
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqut Ali

Srinagar: Stating that Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad Wednesday said illegal construction would be demolished at the tourist spots to preserve environment. He said stern action against the persons involved in illegal constructions at tourist spots. The Minister said that government has taken cognizance of recent statement of Governor, NN Vohra’s showing concern over the unplanned infrastructure coming up in Sonamarg. “We have taken the cognizance of his statement and have sent notices to all the concerned departments to look into the issue,” minister told Rising Kashmir. Notably, Governor NN Vohra had recently expressed his concerns over the environmental degradation in Sonamarg. He had said that tourism related infrastructure was coming up at tourist places at the cost of environment. The Environment Minister said that government was looking into the issue and action would be taken against the violators. “Nobody will be allowed to develop tourism related infrastructure, be it hotel and huts, at the cost of ecology and environment of the tourist spot,” he said. He said that illegal structures at the tourist spots would be demolished to stop environmental degradation. Meanwhile, tourism players have also expressed their concerns over the “haphazard and unplanned” infrastructure development at tourist places. “Government must look into the issue seriously and stop environmental degradation to save tourist places from further damages,” president Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK), Mohammad Ibrahim Siah said. He urged government to keep a check and vigil on the constructions of any tourism related infrastructure at tourist destinations across the valley. Javed Ahmad a travel agent said that infrastructure should not come up at the cost of environment of the tourist place. “Our first priority is to save these destinations from environmental degradations and nobody should be allowed to cause any harm to the ecology of the spot,” said an hotelier.