Step motherly treatment accorded to tourist destinations of Jammu region by Mehbooba -
Step motherly treatment accorded to tourist destinations of Jammu region by Mehbooba
Posted 09 Jul 2018 03:14 PM

JAMMU: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti may have reacted strongly to the charges leveled against her by the BJP Chief Amit Shah of deliberately ignoring interests of Jammu and Ladkah regions and delaying developmental projects but if ground realities are to be taken into consideration, the former Roads and Buildings Minister and Tourism Minister, from PDP, accorded step motherly treatment to different tourist destinations of the Jammu region.
The hot-spots of Bhadarwah, Sanasar, Bani Sarthal, Ramnagar and Reasi continue to remain neglected.
Soon after taking charge of office in March 2015, former Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed had accorded top priority to developing Jammu as an independent tourist destination but he failed to do so in his lifetime. After his daughter Mehbooba Mufti took over the baton, she made efforts in the beginning but failed miserably in implementing vision of her father.
Most of the big ticket projects, such as Artificial Tawi Lake, Tawi River Front and Gandola connecting PeerKho- Bahu Fort are yet to see the light of the day.
The conservation and renovation project of Mubarak Mandi heritage complex is going on at slow pace, as half hearted approach is being adopted.
The lakes across the Jammu region in Mansar, Surinsar, and Sanasar lack conservation plans and are facing serious threats but till date no amount of money has been dedicated to ensure proper conservation of these water bodies to attract more and more tourists in the region.
In most of these tourist destinations across Jammu region, either the road network does not exist or in some cases snail’s pace of work is posing biggest stumbling block in promoting tourist activity. Tourists have to take many risks before reaching there and in the absence of any government support they have nothing to fall back upon in case of emergency.
Local tourists and large population of pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine prefer visiting Reasi, Patnitop-Sanasar, Bani-Basohli and Sarthal but poor road conditions force them to either stay away or delay their trip.
There are several other tourist hot spots located in Udhampur, Ramnagar and Mahore belt but poor maintenance of roads in the region act as dampener and families avoid visiting them. This apart, these tourist places also lack other basic amenities such as affordable accommodation, or refreshment counters in comparison to other places.
In the absence of government support, the hotel industry has not flourished in these places and tourists have to suffer in isolation or fall prey to monopolistic practices adopted by the tour operators.

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