Pahalgam Shuts to Protest Denial of Share In Tourist Trade

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Pahalgam:  Strong resentment brewing among the stakeholders of this famed tourist destination against authorities for what they say, is denial of their share in tourist trade.

The business community—hoteliers, shopkeepers, taxi operators and ponywalas are demanding that the due rights of livelihood of the people of Pahalgam be respected and restored.

On Saturday, this tourist destination witnessed a complete shutdown as hundreds of stakeholders and citizens gathered under the banner of Coalition of Unions, Pahalgam and registered their protest against the authorities.

The participants were demanding that the illegal structures and unregistered hotels and taxi stands being run in Movera and other parts of the resort be sealed off and the people of Pahalgam be given their due share in tourism trade.

The protesters said,” GSA allocation by a certain helicopter companies on insistence of certain Jammu based persons with the support of helicopter authority, got 6 GSAs allocated to people from outside Pahalgam.

“They adjusted their own people while not a single agent from Pahalgam was included”, protesters alleged.

“Not a single GSA was allotted to any agent from Pahalgam by the Helicopter authorities, 6 GS’ were allotted to the people from outside Valley,” they said.

The union said, the government needs to end the ongoing injustice with Pahalgam.

The strike was called off after assurance from the administration about the issues and concerns being addressed and taken up.

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