Govt keen to develop Kupwara as tourism viable district: Abdul haq

Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice Abdul Haq Khan Sunday said government is keen to bring Kupwara district on tourism map.

Speaking to a gathering of people at Devar, Kupwara, Khan said that government would develop the frontier district Kupwara as tourism viable district.

He said a network of roads are coming up in Kupwara district especially in Lolab valley which will reduce the distances and bring the valley on the global map of tourism.

Minister, who was accompanied by Minister of State for Haj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, further said the connectivity to Lolab will be enhanced and in this regard construction of various roads is in pipeline. He said government has planned a 40 Crore project to construct a road which will connect Khuiyal with Ring village in Kupwara district.

He said the roads in Safawali Lolab and Namgari in Lolab are also in governments plan for construction for which an estimated cost will be 100 crores. He said Lolab-Bandipora road will be thrown open soon by the government.

The Minister assured that all pending works of Rural Development Department will be completed on priority as funds for the same are available in abundance.

Haq said it is for the first time that the funds in Rural Development Department are being used fruitfully to create productive assets. He said in the same way MGNREGA funds would also be utilized to create sustainable and productive assets in villages besides doing flood related works.

The Minister said the department recently inaugurated as many as 56 bridges and same number of bridges has been completed. He said several initiatives are in pipeline on developmental front to ensure all-round transformation of the developmental landscape of Jammu and Kashmir.

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