Preserving State Beauty Our Prime Duty: Omar

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Chairs 6th meeting of Pahalgam Development Authority

JAMMU – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah reiterated the need of preserving natural beauty of the State adding that in development of tourist infrastructure should not interfere in the preservation of serenity and environment of tourist resorts.

Chairing the 6th meeting of Pahalgam Development Authority here this morning, Omar Abdullah said that revival of tourism industry would generate wide-ranging economic activities for people and help in economy growth. However, he added that while planning tourist facilities, maintenance and conservation of environment and ecology should be of highest priority.

“People visit us for the natural beauty and scenic splendor God has bestowed on the State. It should be our prime duty to protect and preserve this novelty and specialty for present and future generations”, he said. He also stressed on popularization of eco-friendly tourism and creation of mass awareness for conservation of State’s bio-diversity and ecology.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, MLA Rafi Ahmad Mir, Financial Commissioner Finance, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Chief Conservator Forest, Vinod Ranjan, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Atal Dullo and various senior officers.

The meeting discussed matters relating to upgradation of water supply and electricity facilities in Pahalgam and adjacent areas. It also discussed issues relating to drainage, beautification of Beetab Valley, development of additional picnic spots and camping sites, disposal of garbage, development of walk-ways, registration of ponies and creating skiing slopes in Aru.

The Chief Minister said that skiers visiting Valley this winter would be send to Aru to ascertain the status of snow and the feasibility of creating skiing slopes in the area.

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