G20 Delegates Leave After 3-Day Visit To Kashmir

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By Majid Nabi

Srinagar- The representatives from the G20 member countries left for New Delhi on Thursday morning after attending the 3rd working group consultation on tourism in Srinagar under India’s G20 presidency.

While Boulevard was thrown open for traffic, several schools in the most susceptible pockets of the city reopened on Thursday after three day closure, officials told Kashmir Observer.

Traffic police city, had on Monday issued an advisory, restricting the civilian and vehicular movement on the Boulevard leading to SKICC for three days, while several schools in Srinagar remained shut from Monday to Wednesday.

The delegates, who were here to attend the meeting, sources said left for New Delhi in a chartered flight that took off around 10.20 am Thursday.

Since early morning, Gupkar Road housing the residences of two former chief ministers’ and several ex-legislators and other politicians, was temporarily blocked for the traffic to facilitate smooth transfer of G20 delegates to Srinagar Airport amid heightened security.

Pertinent to mention here that the 3rd working group meeting of tourism track delegates from G20 nations was held at Sheri Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC) from May 22 to 24.

About 60 delegates from several G20 countries along with their families had arrived in Srinagar to attend the first major international event on Monday under India’s G20 theme-Vasudeva Kutumbakum ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future.

The G20 representatives on the last day of their Kashmir visit, visited the first pedestrian Poloview Market in Srinagar, enjoyed golf at Royal Springs Golf Course and visited famous tourist sites, including imperial Nishat Garden, Pari Mahal and Chashma Shahi on Wednesday morning.

The delegates also took part in a special yoga session before enjoying a ‘Shikara’ boat joyride in Dal Lake the same evening.

Multi tier security arrangements were put in place by the administration in Srinagar to ensure smooth 3rd working group meeting of G20 countries at SKICC here.

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