Kashmir trade bodies demand enquiry into activities of tourism department

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The business bodies of Kashmir on Monday alleged that the tourism sector is suffering huge losses due to wrong policies of the department.

During a joint press conference, the bodies alleged that the sector was bleeding due to “promotional activities, neglect of huge existing infrastructure, projecting deceitful tourist arrival figures, favoring a group of vested interests to put up/expand high-end hotels, ignoring environmental concerns & carrying capacity of tourist destinations”.

“A mind blowing 500 Crores have been spent during the past 10 years for the development of new tourist destinations through Development Authorities but having spent such a huge amount, hardly one or two destinations are operational,” said the body.

“We would demand a high-level enquiry or audit of the working, funding and expenditure of the Tourism Department,” they demanded.

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