Government for developing infrastructure at tourist destinations

SRINAGAR:  The Government has initiated various steps for providing the best possible services to the tourists visiting the State by developing tourism related infrastructure at the tourist destinations of the State.

Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir said this while addressing a meeting convened to review the functioning of Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) here today.

Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir was also present in the meeting.

The Minister said that the result of measures taken for creation and up-gradation of tourism infrastructure have increased the influx of tourists in the state. He said tourism being the mainstay of state’s economy needs to be promoted both nationally and internationally adding that this would go a long way in providing employment opportunities to youth in the State.

The Tourism Minister asked the tourism related service providers to extend better services to the tourists visiting the State making their stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Threadbare discussion was held on various issues including the developmental activities being carried out under the jurisdiction of GDA, soft-loan policy for hoteliers, guest house owners and other tourism related services providers, registration and issuance of computerized cards to ponny-walas, guides and helpers working at GDA.

The meeting was informed that there are 1771 registered ponny-walas operating within the GDA jurisdiction.

The financial and physical targets of the JKSCCC were also discussed in the meeting. 

Among others, Secretary Tourism Zaffar Ahmad Bhat, Director Tourism, Kashmir, MD JKTDC, MD JK State Cable Car Corporation, Chief Executive Officer Gulmarg Development Authority, besides other officers of Tourism and GDA attended the meeting. 

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