Jammu – Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, . Raman Bhalla today asked the JDA, PDD, JMC, R&B, Health, Police and Traffic Departments to make all necessary arrangements at Shri Bawe Wali Mata temple for the smooth conduct of nine-day Navratras festival.
The Minister said this while inspecting the arrangements made by the various departments at the temple, here this evening.
Officers of JMC, R&B, PHE, PDD, Health, Police and Traffic Departments accompanied the Minister.
Bhalla asked the JMC to complete the remaining works of temporary toilet blocks, including construction of water reservoir positively in double shifts for the convenience of devotees. He asked the PDD and JMC to make functional all the street lights in and around temple, including way side.
The Minister called upon to the shopkeepers not to sell stale eatables to the visitors and beautify the area by displaying goods in a attractive manner with attractive sunshades for protection.
Bhalla said to meet the challenges in tourism, our emphasis is on diversification and providing requisite infrastructure facilities to the pilgrims and tourists in the State. He said that efforts are to divert tourists of Mata Vaishno Devi to other pilgrim places and leisure and adventure spots of both the region and added that for the purpose Government was making all out efforts to upgrade the infrastructure and recreational facilities at tourist and holy places across the State.
The Minister said Tourist Reception Centres, wayside facilities and huts have been developed along the way to almost all the tourist destinations.
Giving the details of some initiatives taken by the government for development and upgrading of tourism infrastructure in Jammu Division, the Minister said that the restoration and conservation work of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.200 crore, adding that out of which Rs.75 crore have been approved by the Centre for the current financial year.
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