Govt Provides Relief To Houseboat Owners, Shikarawalas

Srinagar- In a bid to provide relief to Houseboat owners and Shikarawals Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha approved the proposal of the Tourism Department to provide subsidized timber for repairs and maintenance of houseboats and taxi shikaras.

For the reconstruction and major repairs of houseboats, the timber will be provided on a one-time basis, on 50 percent concessional rate upto a maximum of 70 percent of the requirement or 80 CFT, whichever is less.

In case of registered taxi Shikaras, the timber will be provided for periodical repairs/ maintenance on 50 percent concessional rates to a maximum of 70 percent of requirement or 15 CFT, whichever is less, once in five years.

Under this initiative, the eligible houseboat owners and Shikarawalas will be identified by the Director Tourism, Kashmir, who will purchase the required quantity of timber to be further distributed; through e-auction from the J&K Forest Development Corporation Limited.

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