"While tourism potential of the State should be utilised to generate wide ranging economic activities, the importance of preserving environment and natural grandeur must not lose the focus at any cost," Omar said at the 4th meeting of Sonamarg Development Authority here yesterday.
The Chief Minister advised the development authority to concentrate on promoting adventure and sports tourism, including water rafting, mountain biking,trekking and paragliding in Sonamarg.
He also underlined the importance of eco-friendly tourism for preserving the State's natural wealth and maintaining eco-balance.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani and senior officials of the concerned departments.
The Chief Minister approved Rs 80 lakh for the completion of a youth hostel, Sonamarg Club, Yatri Niwas and Tourist Reception Centre.
He directed the executing agencies to complete the construction of these buildings by mid-July this year.
Omar also approved Rs 68 lakh for tarring roads and other works at truck terminals besides giving nod to a Rs 1.29 crore project for uninterrupted power supply to Sonamarg.