‘Chenab Valley a gold mine of natural resources’

Dy CM asks stakeholders to synergize activities to bring Chenab on the tourist map
BHADERWAH: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today called upon all the stake holders to synergize their activities so that Chenab region and other unexplored areas of the state can be brought on the tourist map and both domestic and foreign tourists and adventure lovers visit and enjoy the beautiful and scenic places in the region.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a convention, which was a part of the 3-Day FAM tour organized by the Department of Tourism, which was flagged off for Bhaderwah by Secretary Tourism, Farooq Ahmed Shah earlier from Jammu Tawi Golf Course Sidhra on 14th November.
 Dr. Nirmal Singh appreciated the commitment of the Buyers and Sellers of Tourism and Travel & Trade operators to explore and write on these untouched destinations. “Chenab Valley and erstwhile Doda is an unexplored gold mine of natural resources”, he said and maintained that this entire region is known for wild herbs like Gucchi, Nagchatri and Kalla Zeera.  Rajmash of Bhaderwah and sapphire of Kishtwar is world renowned.
 “Connectivity is the life line of the area and  more focus has been  laid in this sector as  42,000 crore out of total 80,000 crore  package announced by Prime Minister  for the state will be utilized for  the strengthening road infrastructure”, he stated. The present Government is also keen to develop an alternate route to Doda via Chennani – Shudhmahadev and we will be also working out the feasibility of starting Helicopter facility to the area, he further added.
He said there is wonderful scope of adventure tourism, ecotourism and pilgrimage tourism in the region and appealed all the travel operators to showcase Bhaderwah as an attractive tourist circuit.
Recalling the experience of trekking to the Seoj Meadow, he enjoined upon all the participants that it a huge meadow with 22km area and could be developed as a world class skiing spot and Government has already mooted a proposal to provide road connectivity to this spot.
Deputy Chief Minister called on the District administration to strictly implement the ban on polythene and ensure that all the tourist spots both recreational and devotional are immediately cleaned up and further issued directions to launch a cleanliness drive under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. Director Tourism was asked to organize road shows and other publicity activities to bring the unexplored destinations on the world tourism map.
 Referring to the provision of providing professional training to the people related to tourism sector, Dr. Singh announced that a technical training institute for all the courses will be established at Baglihar for which MoU has already been signed with Hyderabad based institute. We are also in process of providing a separate power line to all the tourist destinations so that visiting tourists do not face inconvenience. “Tourism industry has a major role to play and Rs 2241 crore in the recent announced package will be utilized for developing and strengthening tourism sector”, he informed.
 Director Tourism was also asked to identify spots for the construction of wayside amenities including toilet facilities en-route Jammu-Bhaderwah.
MLC Naresh Gupta in his address said the skilled man power in tourism sector is available but there is need to augment it. He highlighted the role of writers and travelers in the promotion of tourist destinations and said that Bhaderwah region is known for its hospitality and assured that all the visiting tourists will be received warmly here.
 Earlier, in his welcome address, Director Tourism said that apart from Kashmir valley, Jammu region has a vast tourism potential and government is keen to develop the major tourist destinations to increase tourist footfall in these areas. Such interactions with the stakeholders associated with the tourism industry will help a lot to explore various tourist destinations of the state and will help in strengthening the economy of the state.
Chief Executive Office, Bhaderwah Development authority Mr Bal Krishan highlighted the various tourist destination of Bhaderwah Viz Jai Valley, Padri, Ghata Resort,Gurdanda, Seoj meadow, Khellani top and others presentations.
Meanwhile, 57 delegates from different parts of the country who are part of the 3 day tour of Batote- Bhaderwah circuit also interacted with Deputy CM and shared their views on Tourism.
Among others Deputy Director Tourism S.K. Atri, SDM Bhaderwah Mohammad Anwar Banday besides other senior officers of Tourism department and District administration were also present on the occasion.

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