Jammu Tawi, May 22
Jammu Tourism Development Division (JRDD), an apex body of more than 30 tourism related organizations, has urged for making Jammu as independent tourist destination.
Addressing a press conference, Inderjeet Khajuria, the chairman of the organizations, said that every possible effort shall be made to make Jammu as independent tourist destination. He said that all the existing popular religious places of historical importance including Shri Jamwant Guffa, Peerkho, Shri Raghunath temple, Pehla Darshan Kol Kandoli, Nagrota, Kali Mata temple, Bahu Fort, Shri Shiv Ji Sheeshmehal Mandir on Tawi bridge right bank, Aquarium, Bagh-e-Bahu, Rajinder Park, Canal Road, Bagh-e-Bahu, Balidan Stumbh, Bahu Fort road and Border tourism Suchetgarh are need to be upgraded and developed to the extent that the places become point of tourist attraction.
He added that need of the hour is that the said places must attain the level of tourist attraction for which wide publicity is required to be given by installing hoardings and flexes at every important places in general and at Lakhanpur to Jammu and Katra in particular.
“The distribution of brochures at both Railway Stations Katra and Jammu, All Taxi Stands, All Auto Stands, All Bus Stands Jammu, Katra and Lakhanpur would serve the purpose of highlighting the importance of said places,” he said.
Expressing serious concern over delay caused in the completion of tourism projects, he said that to make Jammu an independent tourist destination, the projects like Artificial Lake Project on Tawi river, Jammu Cable Car Project, Upgradation of Manda Wild Life Sanctuary to level of national zoo, Mubark Mandi complex and development of Jammu general bus stand including parking, are required to be given top priority so that these are commissioned at the earliest.
He also mentioned the plight of some places, attracting tourists and pilgrims like water bodies at Mansar, Saruinsar and Gharana wet land besides Purmanda, Uttrabeni.
He said that the upgradation of Jammu Airport to the international level and improvement of Jammu Railway Station can go a long way in making Jammu as independent tourist destination. Khajuria said Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 is being commenced from July 2, 2016 and there is need for development of Yatri Niwas Base Camp at Bhagwati Nagar. Reminding the government for immediate payment of balane amount of rupees 20 crores to NBCC, he said that due to non payment of balance the concerned construction company is delaying to provide the sewage connections to hotels and lodges in the old Jammu City.
He appealed Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, who happens to be in charge Minister of Urban Development Department to immediately release the balance amount in favour of NBCC so that hotels get sewage connections.