Festivals To Familiarize Bangus Valley Virginity: Jora

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SRINAGAR:-Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora has said that government would organize tourism festivals at Bangus valley in Kupwara District during coming summer to familiarize its virginity.

He said that rigorous efforts are also being paid to develop and upgrade tourist related facilities in the area.

This was revealed by the Minister while chairing Lolab-Bangus-Drangyari Tourism Development Authority (LBDDA) meeting, convened to review the physical and financial status of the tourism related works being carried out by the LBDDA here today.

Minister of State for Tourism, Culture, Home and PHE, Nasir Aslam Wani, Who is also Vice Chairman of the LBDDA, legislators, Mr Mohd Ramzan Choudary, Mr. Saif ullah Mir, Mr. Abudal Haq and Er Abudal Rasheed were present in the meeting.Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Mr. Atul Duloo, , Joint Director Planning Tourism Department, Mr. Parvaz Handoo, chief conservator Forests Kashmir, Chief Executive Officer LBDDA, Mr. Mohd Yaseen, besides other senior officers and engineers attended the meeting.The meeting discussed thread bare various matters related to the over all tourism promotion of the area. The Legislators gave their valuable suggestions for holistic development of the destinations of the district and demanded that priority should be given to upgrade road connectivity towards the tourism spots with special mention of Bangus valley.

Declaration of more historical sites as protected monuments, road connectivity to Bangus valleys, skill development in tourism trade, conducted bus tours from Srinagar to Lolab, Bangus ,Wader, Reshwari and Drangyari, transfer of forest land to LBDDA came under discussion and unanimously agreed for taking appropriate action by the concerned Departments.

The meeting also approved current fiscal action plan of Rs 1.00 crore of the LBDDA.

The Minister directed concerned authorities that in future the action plans of the Authority should be prepared with consultation of local Legislators for creation of tourist facilities at the potential spots.

The Minister said to promote heritage tourism along with leisure and adventure tourism in the area, the government has declared Stabarran cave as State protected monument while as deceleration Kalaroos historical cave with other heritage sites are active consideration of the government for their restoration. He said to extend the electricity facility at tourist spots of the valley, a proposal for installation of 50 Kilowatts for solar system have forwarded to Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy for sanction.

The Minister received project wise appraisal of each work. He was apprised that since the inception of LBDDA the projects worth Rs 4.85 crore for creation of several tourist facilities have been taken up by the Authority against which Rs 1.23 crore utilized during lost fiscal on the execution of different components of the projects.

The Minister instructed the concerned for time bound completion of all ongoing works for convenience of tourists. He also instructed that local art and aesthetic features should be incorporated while building the infrastructure.

Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mr Nasir on the occasion said that government is endeavoring to tap tourism potential of hidden spots of the State, which he said helps lot to promote the local economy. He said government is working on a comprehensive plan under which besides development of new destinations the tourist related infrastructure would be up graded at all potential spots of the State.

Chief Executive Officer of LBDDA gave a power point presentation on physical and financial achievements registered by the Authority so far for development and up gradation of tourist related infrastructure in the area.

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