Govt mulls to constitute Golf Management Authority’

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Jora for completion of 2nd Phase of Sidhra Golf Course by March next

JAMMU – Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora today underscored the need for time bound completion of second phase 9 hole Sidira Golf Course and stressed for proper maintenance of the existing 9 hole Golf Course completed under the first phase.

“You should showcase this picturesque Golf Course for National and International events”, Mr. Jora asked the management.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting convened to review the pace of work on the ongoing second phase of the Golf Course.

The first phase of Sidhra Golf Course was completed and tee-off during last fiscal, while as the work on 2nd phase of 9 hole Golf Course is apace with till date expenditure of Rs. 26 core against the total estimated cost of Rs. 37.39 crore.

The Minister said that development of a Golf Course was a difficult task but its maintenance was more difficult and asked the concerned to take every measure for its proper maintenance.  He set March next as the deadline for the completion of the 2nd phase of the Course.

Mr. Jora also emphasized the need for imparting training to local  youth in golf to encourage them to participate in tournaments. He said the Government was contemplating to constitute Golf Management Authority in   for better management of the affairs of all the Golf Courses, besides to showcase these   facilities available in the state internationally.

Commissioner Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Mr. Atal Duloo, Director Tourism, Jammu, Mr. R. S. Mehta, Executive Engineer, Tourism Department, Mr. S. N. Dhar besides non-official members of the Course, Mr. S. S. Wazir and Mr. A. M. Watali among others attended the meeting.

The meeting among other things discussed matters related to the installation of irrigation pump sets, Solar power system, plantation , up-gradation of road, earth filling, construction of parking lot, laying of golf kits and installation of air conditioner in club building   .

The Minister instructed concerned engineers to redouble their efforts for early completion of this prestigious project. He said that there should be no compromise on quality of work and directed for filling of quality earth for landscaping. He instructed for creation of modern golf related infrastructure at the club building so that golf lovers visiting to the Course do not face any inconvenience.

The Minister called for making efforts to attract some percentage of 1 Million annual pilgrim visiting Mata Vaishno Devi towards Golf events to give boost to local economy. “If we are able to attract even one percent of the huge number of pilgrims towards the Golf sport facility available here, it would mean a lot to the economy of Jammu”, he said. He referred to over a dozen tourism projects developed in Jammu and said that efforts are on to make the city of temples highly attractive place for the tourist of wide ranging interest.

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