50 villages being developed as tourist village, snow festival in J
Srinagar, Sep 14 (UNI) Encouraged by the record rush of tourists during the last winter, the Jammu and Kahmir government is organising a snow festival, redeveloping historic 18-hole golf course at Gulmarg and developing Kongdoori as an International ski destination.
Fifty villages have also been identified for developing these as tourist villages in the state.
While reviewing the functioning of tourism development authorities, created under central and state sectors in the state, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad emphasised that the aim of creating these development authorities is to develop infrastructure in existing tourist destinations as well as develop network of new tourist potential areas.
Referring to redeveloping historic 18-hole golf course at Gulmarg, Mr Azad said that this project should be completed within one year with focus on developing of greens.
A snow festival will also be organised at Gulmarg this winter.
Meanwhile, Kongdoori is being developed as an international ski destination for which the centre has approved an allocation of Rs 4.65 crore.
A resort has also been planned at this world famous tourist destination.
The Chief Minister underscored the need for upgrading Gulmarg as a worldclass tourist destination.
Mr Azad said formulation of projects for taking up various infrastructure development at tourist destinations should be in such a way that these suffice the present and futuristic requirements.
He said besides construction of new infrastructure, expanding and upgrading existing infrastructure at the tourist destinations should be given due attention.
Effort needs to be made to improve environment, ecology and over all ambience of these picturesque spots to make these most attractive tourist places, he said.
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