Kupwara, once hub of militants will have University campus

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Srinagar, May 23 (UNI) The frontier north Kashmir district of Kupwara, once the hub of militants, will have University campus besides it will be developed as a tourist destination.

This announcement was made by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at Sogam, about 105 km from here yesterday.

He said an additional University campus for Kupwara will be sanctioned and decision to this effect would be taken in the next meeting of the Kashmir University Council.

The campus would be opened shortly, he said and added that he had discussed the issue with the Governor who is also the Chancellor of Kashmir University.

Mr Azad also assured a Tourism Development Authority for Lolab, the famous Valley whose beauty had been eulogized by none other than the Poet of the East, Sir Muhammad Iqbal.

He said that Kupwara was one of the two most backward districts of the state including Doda and his government was striving to develop this remote area in terms of connectivity, education and healthcare.

The Chief Minister also assured that a tourism development authority for Lolab would be set up to promote tourism in the area.

He said the area was famous for breathtaking beauty, lofty mountains, gushing streams and dense forests.

The Tourism Development Authority, he said, would promote tourism here leading to economic development of the area.

Mr Azad referred to a number of development works, including construction of a hospital, schools, roads, colleges and bridges in the district.

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