Srinagar, June 10: Tourism sector in other parts of India has been flourished from past three years but Kashmir lagged behind because of terrorism. So with the view to have whopping growth in tourism in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday laid the foundation stone for various tourist facilities at a cost of 100 crore rupees at Ranjit Sagar Lake in Basohli in Jammu region.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the amount would be spent on developing various facilities in the catchment areas of the Dam. The maiden project aims at developing high-end logistic and recreational facilities for tourists at the scenic spot.
Describing Ranjit Sagar Dam as the local Disneyland, CM Mufti said the place has beautiful and astonishing lagoons which need to be optimally promoted for different adventure and water sports. She said the dam is one of the most beautiful in the world and the beautiful lagoons can be a major attraction for nature and adventure lovers.
The chief minister said the state government has given a boost to tourist activities in Jammu region and developmental projects to the tune of Rs 350 crores are underway in Jammu division to improve tourism facilities and focused attention is being laid on the developing other areas as well.
Earlier also in order to have whopping tourism in Valley, the government rolled out two mega projects worth Rs 194.74 crore for development of tourism infrastructure. Under this projects, integrated development of tourism facilities on Gulmarg-Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh circuit shall be undertaken by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs 96.92 crore, while another project for integrated development of tourism facilities on Mantalai-Sudhmahadev-Patnitop circuit shall be executed by National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) at a cost of Rs 97.82 crore.
Importantly, Prime Minister Modi earlier announced the development package for Jammu and Kashmir on November 7, 2015. Under the new initiatives, the government is spending Rs 400 crore every year for the next five years (totaling Rs 2,000 crore) and Rs 100 crore on the construction of government tourist assets in place of damaged or destroyed assets.