Visitors away from Suchetgarh zeroline

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Due to ongoing ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) and borders from Pakistan forces, Indian security guards has temporarily suspended the visiting of tourists as well as locals to visit zeroline Suchetgarh, which is around 35-kms from Jammu to have a glimpse of Indo-Pak ‘bonhomie.’ Due to escalation between India and Pakistan on borders and taking precautionary measures the entry to the Suchetgarh point has been suspended temporarily as security forces do not want to put anybody’s life at risk as the situation is not conducive along the international border. This is the welcome step of security forces and the citizen of India appreciated the steps which have taken by the concerned forces and people also appreciated the role of security forces especially those who are deployed on borders and giving befitting reply to enemies. It is another thing if our tourism sector suffers but the life of human are precious as compared to tourism. As no one can imagine when the troops of other side can target the civilians or security forces of India. Pakistan who is helpless after Indian army surgical strike on some militants’ launching pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) wherein Indian army destroy several launching pads as well as militants. However, authorities has mulling to develop Suchetgarh on the pattern of Wagah Border pattern, the project is already in the pipeline of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, but due to no clearance from the Union Home Ministry, the process cannot be initiated and remained into cold store due to time and again tensions broke out between India and Pakistan on borders. If this project will develop then Jammu will get the boost in its tourism. Successive governments for years have planned to develop the Suchetgarh post so that it rivals the Wagah border in Punjab. Suchetgarh has a historical significance ever since Dogra rule was established in the state in the mid-18th century. It used to be an important trading point between Sialkot and Jammu before Partition.
Two years after the 2003 ceasefire agreement, the state government had submitted a plan to the Centre to develop it on the pattern of the Wagah border and it was in 2014 after years long delay, it finally completed. However, about Rs 3.2 crore has been spent since 2010 on upgrading infrastructure in Suchetgarh as under the Central project, a tourist facilitation centre, a terraced garden, landscaping and a walkway had been developed to felicitate the tourists.
BJP had also demanded beating retreat and flag ceremony at Suchetgarh border to boost the border tourism.
The holding of ceremony would lead to increase in the number of tourist visiting the area resulting in more revenue and employment opportunities for the local communities and people and would increase patriotism among the visitors, BJP had said. Suchetgarh is a Village in R S Pura Sector (Tehsil) of Jammu and is surrounded by nearly 10 border
villagers.

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