SRINAGAR: Senior National Conference leader and MLA Sheikh Mustafa Kamal today demanded that Tosa Maidan should not be used again for the artillery firing exercises and the state government should pave way for making the picturesque meadow a tourist resort.
Kamal said the lease, that is nearing end, should not be extended by the government and that there are many places outside the state which can be utilized for artillery firing exercises. The government is likely to take up the matter with the centre and the issue is expected to be resolved soon, he said in an interview with KNS.
The NC senior leader further stated that the Tosa Maidan has a great tourism potential and the place could be used to attract tourists in good numbers. The tourism contributes a lot in our economy and such places could be utilized as the tourist destinations so that the problem of un-employment is the state could be resolved to some extent.
Kamal said that the Gondola cable car corporation has the project that connects it with the sunset peak located at Tosa Maidan and ends at Tangmarg. I believe that the pending project shall be completed after the problem is resolved.
He added that in the coming time the state government will take the issue of Tosa Maidan besides the issue of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) at the highest level.
Tosa Maidan is one of the most attractive spot of meadows in the Pirpanjal range with some of the worlds finest natural beauty. The area was given to the army on lease for the artillery firing exercises. The Lease Deed ends this year.
Senior separatist Leader Syed Ali Geelani has also asked the authorities not to extend the agreement.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.