Govt To Spend Rs 2,000 Cr To Upgrade Tourist Infrastructure In J&K

Tourists enjoying shikara ride at Dal Lake in Srinagar - KO File Pic

KOLKATA - The Jammu and Kashmir government in coor­dination with the Centre will spend Rs 2,000 crore to upgrade infrastructure for tourists in the union territory which was vis­ited by around one crore people last year, officials said here on Monday.

The government is also get­ting a lot of queries relating to investment in Jammu and Kash­mir, they said.

"Many undesirable narratives are doing the rounds primar­ily focusing on security aspects. These are misinformation cam­paign by some vested interests that do not want to see J&K emerge as among the top tourist destinations," Tourism Secretary Zubair Ahmed said.

"The Jammu and Kashmir administration in coordination with the central government will spend Rs 2,000 crore to upgrade infrastructure and cre­ate better facilities for tourists," Ahmed said at a roadshow here.

"Nearly one crore tourists vis­ited Jammu and Kashmir in the calendar year 2019. In 2020, the figure will definitely cross one crore," said Commissioner Sec­retary, school education, Hird­esh Kumar, J&K.

Kumar was speaking at the road-show on the upcoming Jammu & Kashmir Global Inves­tors Summit to be held in the Union territory.

He said though the summit will be held in May, the gov­ernment has already received investment proposals worth Rs 20,000 crore.

The atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir is safe and the only thing needed now is to spread this message across, the official said.

"We are trying to remove any suspicion or doubt which might be there in the minds of inves­tors and tourists. Though some disturbances might have hap­pened in the past, there has been not a single incident of any busi­nessman or industrialist getting harassed," he said.

With the abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, people are now inclined towards J&K since they can buy land there and become a voter, Kumar claimed.

"Earlier, people were hesitant to go. But now the scenario has altered. The government is get­ting a lot of queries relating to investment in J&K," he said.

The J&K government has iden­tified 14 sectors which would be showcased at the summit for in­viting investments.

The sectors include tourism, hospitality, education, informa­tion technology, skill develop­ment and pharmaceuticals.

This is the first roadshow before the summit. It would be followed by Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad.

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