TDA for Gurez under examination: Veeri

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Govt promoting Lolab-Bungus valley

JAMMU: Minister for Horticulture, Haj and Auquaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that the proposal for creation of Tourism Development Authority for Gurez was processed and subsequently taken up with the Planning and Development Department.

Replying to a question by Nazir Ahmed Gurezi in LA, the Minister said that the Planning and Development Department has sought certain information in this regard, which is being collected from the concerned quarters. He said appropriate action in the matter will follow after examination of the reports.

The Minister said there are numerous places in Kashmir division including Gurez valley have potential to be developed as tourist destinations. He said Gurez valley has been identified as tourist destination and the department has created substantial tourist related infrastructure there.

In reply to another question by Er. Abdul Rashid, the Minister said that Government would fully explore possibilities to promote the tourism potential of Bungus valley adding that focussed attention would be given to upgrade tourist related infrastructure in the area.

The Minister said that Government has already set up Lolab-Bungus-Drangyari Tourism Development Authority (LBDDA) with the aim to promote the tourism potential besides upgrading the infrastructure at potential spots. He said Rs. 2.61 crore have been released to LBDDA for development of infrastructure during last three years. He said Centre has also sanctioned Rs. 4.56 crore for construction of budgeted accommodation and allied facilities at Lolab adding that Rs. 91.21 lakh have been released by the Centre and construction work on the project is in progress.

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