Gulmarg All Set To Host G-20 Events

File photo of Gulmarg

Srinagar- International tourist resort Gulmarg of Baramulla is all set to welcome tourism delegates from the G-20 nations in the last week of May 2023, an official spokesperson said Friday.

In this regard, he said, the District Administration Baramulla is finalizing all the related arrangements, and the district is undergoing a major makeover amid a stringent security plan for the high-profile event.

“It is worth mentioning here that the grand event will have a large impact in the history of Baramulla district and there will be no curbs anywhere while schools, colleges and the markets will remain open,” the spokesperson said.

He said that the traffic on all routes will ply normally and to facilitate the foreign delegates, a proper traffic advisory will be issued in advance.

Welcome boards and signages were erected in Gulmarg. The road to Gulmarg from Srinagar, the Narbal-Gulmarg stretch, is being given a new look.

To enhance the aesthetic value of the existing structures, the spokesperson said, footpaths and medians have been developed, traffic roads are being furnished, hoardings are installed and government buildings and commercial building walls are being painted in the district.

Meanwhile, all the developmental and beautification works are being supervised by the District Development Commissioner (DDC) Baramulla, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, he said.

Sehrish, he said, has asserted that the stage is set and all preparations are in the final stage.

“Dr Sehrish exhorted the departments to push for a double shift of working in all the existing works in a time bound manner. She emphasized on greater coordination and synergy among line departments for timely completion of developmental activities in Baramulla,” the spokesperson said.

Moreover, he said, the the DDC issued instructions to concerned authorities  for grass cutting along roads, routes, footpaths, closing manholes with lids, colour iron grills, making water fountains functional, smooth operation of streets lights, removing of debris and construction material from roads so that the establishments get charm and to boost aesthetics.

Brand Ambassadors of Kashmir

Delegates attending the G20 event here later this month will act as brand ambassadors for Jammu and Kashmir and its tourism at the global level, boosting local businesses, an official said on Friday.

The third G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting will be held in Srinagar from May 21-23.

Tourism Secretary Syed Abid Rashid Shah said, “The G20 event is a great opportunity for Jammu and Kashmir and its tourism — directly and indirectly — as well for the other connected sectors like handicrafts, handloom, hospitality and trade.”

The delegates will act as ambassadors of Jammu and Kashmir across the world as a global tourist destination, Shah added.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating hot-air balloon, cycling and trekking activities at Zabarwan Park, Shah said such activities will act as added attractions for tourists.

The launch of such adventure activities is a prelude to the main G20 event, the tourism secretary said.

Shah said a cyclothon in which most of the participants are from government schools has also been started, adding that such events will be scaled up in the future so that tourists and locals enjoy adventure tourism in the Union Territory.

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