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JAMMU: Minister of State for Tourism, Priya Sethi informed the Legislative Assembly that the Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 1.51 crore project for Development of Tourism facilities at Karnah Border. Replying to a question by Mr. Raja Manzoor Ahmad, he said the Border Tourism development project forms part of the ‘Integrated Development of Tourist facilities along Gulmarg-Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh Circuit’ taken up under PMDP and entrusted to National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) by the Ministry.

 

The Minister said that Government intends to promote some areas along LoC in particular as Tourist spots in the State which inter-alia involves uplift of Teetwal and Keran. “The main components of the project are development of tourist facilitation centre, landscaping and beautification, development of pathways, installation of Gen set (10KVA), solid waste management etc” he informed.

 

The Minister elaborated that pursuant to the recent board meeting of Kupwara held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, a DPR for development of Border Tourism in District Kupwara has been formulated at an amount of Rs 6.99 crore. She said that the areas of Teetwal, Karnah, Machil and Toor Mar Gali have been included in the DPR. The project shall be taken up after ascertaining the feasibility/pilgrim footfall, tourism/pilgrim potential of the area and availability of resources.

Mr. Shakti Raj Parihar and Mr. Neelam Lengah raised supplementary questions with regard to starting of water transport in Ramban and Doda constituencies. Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Mr. Ravinder Raina, Mr. Yawar Dilawar Mir also raised supplimentaries to the main question.