Govt To Develop Chatpal, the mini Pahalgam

SRINAGAR:-Minister for Tourism, Mr. G. A. Mir has said that Centre has approved a project of Rs 3.50 crore for development of Chatpal, known as mini Pahalgam in Kokernag, as a tourist spot adding that pristine glory of Nagdandi pilgrim place would be also restored by bringing it on tourism map of the State.

Addressing public meetings today at Achabal and Dooru in South Kashmir, the Minister said that Shangus area has a distinct place in tourism activities and assured the people of the area that concerned authorities would be deputed to survey the areas for creation of required tourist infrastructure.

The Tourism Minister said tourism is the backbone of State’s economy and its expansion was the priority of the government. “We should cash Tourism and its related activities for accelerating the development of the areas and also providing the much needed job opportunities to the youth”, he asserted and appealed all to contribute positively and not link tourism with politics and the conflicts.

Mir also gave a detailed account about the major development initiatives taken up in length and breadth of the Dooru constituency especially in health, education and R&B sectors adding that these development works have changed the socio-economic scenario in the area. He reiterated that all ongoing developmental projects in the Constituency would be completed before end of next financial year.

 The Minister impressed upon the officers to ensure that the pace of various developmental works undertaken in the Constituency is speeded up so that people get benefits at due time. He also appealed people to actively involve themselves in implementation of all people friendly schemes so that an effective feedback is obtained for the holistic development of these areas.

 He said the motive of Panchayat Raj is to ensure democratic decentralization of powers so that people at gross root level get involved in day to day governance. He urged upon the Panchs and Sarpanchs to demonstrate what they have been entrusted with for the  implementation of all socio-economic schemes and programmes without any discrimination or favor.

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