Ganderbal- Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that the entire world has witnessed awe-inspiring socio-economic progress of Jammu Kashmir during the just concluded G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting here and that the high-profile event was the beginning of a new era and has opened the door to immense possibilities of peace and progress.
“During the G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting, the entire world has witnessed awe-inspiring socio-economic progress of Jammu Kashmir. Faster & Inclusive growth and our sustained effort to boost tourism sector is attracting the attention of the entire world,” Sinha said.
He made these remarks while inaugurating key infrastructure projects, including a two-lane arch truss bridge over Sindh stream at Wayil area of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Thursday.
Congratulating the people of Jammu Kashmir for the successful G20 meeting, the LG said that the three-day meeting of 57 delegates from 27 countries in Srinagar has infused new enthusiasm, new confidence among the people.
“The way every section of the society enthusiastically participated in the G20 event is a sign of the rise of new and emerging Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
“The G20 meet was a joyous occasion for the people of UT and overwhelming response, participation and achievements have been possible because of the hard work of our citizens and collectively they have brightened J&K’s image in the world,” he added.
The LG asserted that the G20 meeting is the beginning of a new era and has opened the door to immense possibilities of peace and progress.
“The festivity around the event was reflection of the transformation in Jammu Kashmir,” he added.
The LG also reiterated his government commitment of inclusive development after the inaugural ceremony.
Referring to the record tourist footfall and the return of filmmakers to Kashmir, Sinha said that tourism & film sectors are gaining momentum with over 300 movies filmed last year and a record 1.88 crore tourists visited the Union Territory.
“More than 9 lakh tourists visited tourist locations in Ganderbal last year, which is twice the number, as compared to 2021. Sonamarg has also become one of the favourite film shooting destinations for film-makers from across the globe,” he said.
The LG also spoke on the on-going development works in Ganderbal district and saturation of government welfare schemes in the district. He also remembered the immense contribution of Late Sheikh Abdul Jabbar, a prominent political figure, in the development of J&K.
Sinha also expressed gratitude to the people of Ganderbal for their contribution and continuous support during Mata Kheer Bhawani Mela and Shri Amarnath Yatra.
Besides Wayil bridge, other projects inaugurated by the LG included other bridges and roads projects at Tangchatr, Kangan, Gutlibagh, Tulmulla, Waheedpora, Peerpora Shallabugh, lower Wayil, Lar Town, Ghaniabad, Watlar Guzhama, Waskura and Srinagar-Leh National Highway to Bonizal road with links. The inaugurated projects also include WSS Baba Haniefudin and WSS Gutlibagh.
The LG said that the projects dedicated to the people of Ganderbal are testimony to the government’s commitment to accelerate the development of the district.
“Upgradation of rural roads, construction of link roads and bridges will bring economic prosperity & social empowerment in the lives of more than 4 lakh residents,” he added.
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