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Jora stresses for holistic integration of tourist facilities at Gulmarg

Kongdoori-Marrishoulder chairlift in Apharwat coming up at Rs. 9 cr
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, has said that Gulmarg Asia’s premier tourist resort, is the treasure-trove for a traveler. He said upgradation of the tourist related infrastructure at par with international standards to tap fully its tourism potential for achieving the target of attracting more overseas visitors at this destination, are afoot.Mr. Jora said this during a day-long extensive tour of Gulmarg today while taking stock of various ongoing developmental projects and to assess on spot further development requirements of the tourist destination.The Minister said that Gulmarg has become worlds’ highest lift served ski resort providing a downhill ski run of over 5 kms from a hight of 14000ft in Apharwat range. He said to explore fully the potential of this premier hill resort a chair lift from Kongdoori-Marrishoulder of Apharwat would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 9 crore addi…

Jora stresses for holistic integration of tourist facilities at Gulmarg

Kongdoori-Marrishoulder chairlift in Apharwat coming up at Rs. 9 cr Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, has said that Gulmarg Asia’s premier tourist resort, is the treasure-trove for a traveler. He said upgradation of the tourist related infrastructure at par with international standards to tap fully its tourism potential for achieving the target of attracting more overseas visitors at this destination, are afoot. Mr. Jora said this during a day-long extensive tour of Gulmarg today while taking stock of various ongoing developmental projects and to assess on spot further development requirements of the tourist destination. The Minister said that Gulmarg has become worlds’ highest lift served ski resort providing a downhill ski run of over 5 kms from a hight of 14000ft in Apharwat range. He said to explore fully the potential of this premier hill resort a chair lift from Kongdoori-Marrishoulder of Apharwat would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 9 crore addi…

19th Century Hari Parbat Fort a new window for heritage tourists

Culture travelers will revel J&K’s historical past Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora has stated that the government has gone into overdrive to showcase J&K’s rich heritage so that a new window is opened for the visitors coming to the State. He said measures are afoot to bring all heritage sites on the tourism map of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Jora was speaking during his visit to the majestic Hari Parbat Fort, at Srinagar today. Expressing his deep love for cross-cultural plurality of the State, Mr. Jora said artistic richness of under-renovation Mubarak Mandi Complex in Jammu, Hari Parbat in Kashmir and Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh are apt indicators of J&K homogeneity. The Hari Parbat Fort edifice, built by Afghan Governor in 1808, Atta Mohammad Khan, is the only living fort in Kashmir, believed to be 209 years old. Mr. Jora said several heritage sites, spread across the State, depict cultural richness of the State that could be brought on the canvas o…

Omar for pilot projects for harnessing solar energy

‘J&K can benefit by latest technology in the field’Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah has called for exploring possibilities of harnessing solar energy in feasible areas to create alternate energy service hubs so that electricity is provided in rural areas. To start with, he directed for formulation of four pilot projects, one each at Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Kargil for government’s approval.The Chief Minister was taking a brief about possibilities and advantages of harnessing solar energy in J&K for power generation. The presentation was made by Mr. Tushar Chawla and Mr. Raouf Javid from ELP and Bergen Corporation, here this afternoon.It was stated that Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MN&RE) will provide financial assistance to the State government for launching the programme. Such projects are also being aided by international agencies, it was added.The Chief Minister said after assessing the success in the projects of 10 KW each for harnessing solar energy, th…

Continuous hartals have affected individual economy of Kashmir people

Dy CM hosts reception for Union Health MinisterOmar, Azad unanimous in launching golden era of dev in J&KA grand reception was accorded to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad at SKICC, here this morning.Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Tara Chand, Minister for School Education and Public Enterprises, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Labour and Employment & CA&PD, Mr. S. S. Slathia, Deputy Chairman, J&K Legislative Council, S. Arvinder Singh Micky and Mayor, SMC, Mr. Salman Sagar, besides MLAs and MLCs, various Administrative Secretaries and Chairman PSC were present on the occasion.The reception was organized by Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Azad assured the Chief Minister that the Central government will extend all possible financial assistance to the State so that J&K realizes its go…

Forest check posts after every 2 km along vulnerable routes

Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad on Wednesday said that government has resolutely decided to halt timber smuggling in the state and preserve forest wealth. For the purpose, several more stringent measures are being taken. The Minister said this during his whirlwind tour of Dood Pathri, Rithen Ring Zabal and Khepora villages of Budgam district. The minister directed the officers to set up forest check posts in these areas after every 2 kilometres in view of their vulnerability. He also directed the forest officers to frequently visit these areas and intensify vigil along the suspicious smuggling routes. Mian Altaf enroute interacted with various public deputations and listened to their demands. He assured redressal of their genuine demands. Seeking co-operation of the locals of the area in putting a check on timber smuggling, the Minister sensitized them about the importance of preserving green gold in the state. The Minister was accompanied by Principal Chief Conserva…

Joint teams on final assessment visits of Pahalgam track

To have a final assessment of the critical stretches on the traditional track to Shri Amarnathji Cave Shrine, from Sheshnag to Panchtarni, a high level joint team of the State Administration and the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board surveyed the Mahagunus Top, Wavbal, Poshpathri and the two main camps of Sheshnag and Panchtarni this morning and took stock of the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Yatra. Another Team is scheduled to visit the entire traditional track tomorrow morning for making a conclusive recommendation to the Governor and Chairman of the SASB, Mr N N Vohra, to enable him to arrive at a practical decision regarding the commencement of the Yatra after taking into consideration the ground situation and the reports of the District Administration, Anantnag and the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering (JIM). The teams from the JIM and the Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) have undertaken extensive recce of the track during the past two weeks.Sh. B. B. Vyas, Chief Exe…

Rs 50 cr mega tourism projects for J&K on anvil: Union Secy

Union Secretary of Tourism Mr. S. Banerjee has said that two mega projects would be taken up at a cost of Rs 50 crore for upgradation of tourism infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard he asked the concerned authorities to prepare the project reports of the tourist destinations where the infrastructure is required to be upgraded.The funds would be released for early execution of these mega projects soon after receipt of the project reports by the Centre.Mr. Banerjee, who arrived here today for 3-day tour of the state to take stock of physical and financial achievement registered under tourism sector, being executed under 12 tourism development authorities at a cost of Rs 240 crore, today chaired a high level meeting of officers of tourism department. The Union Secretary stressed for expediting the upgradation works of tourism related infrastructure taken executed under Prime Ministers Re-construction Programme in the state. He impressed upon the concerned authorities to co…

Who face action, where is culprit?

Abraham Lincoln has rightly said that if you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.”
The Jammu and Kashmir government has rightly taken appreciable steps on the basis of interim report submitted by Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission and suspended five officials including the former SP of Shopian in much publicized Shopian rape and murder case indicting them for lapses and loss of evidence. Yet the question rises here is, will this action of the Govt which came so late, that too after the pressure of opposition, separatists, social organizations, NGOs and Human Rights (HR) organization,will help in restoring the confidence of general public? Though, the Commission, which was set up on June one after massive protests rocked the Valley over the May 30 all…

Governor inaugurates 9th Agricultural Science Congress

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Vohra, Omar for blending modern science with traditional approaches to boost agri-production The Governor, Mr. N. N. Vohra and the Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah have emphasized on close coordination between the Agriculture Universities and the extension agencies of the State Government to evolve a task force approach for carrying research from lab to land to boost agriculture production and productivity in Jammu and Kashmir.They were addressing the Inaugural Session of the three-day 9th Agricultural Science Congress here today. The Congress has been organized by the Sher-e-KashmirUniversity of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, in collaboration with National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. The theme of the Congress is ‘technological and institutional innovations for enhancing agricultural income’.They said that greater attention also requires to be paid to ensure the timely availability of research outputs which are relevant to the farmers’ needs.The Gove…

Jairam pledges to fund fully Rs. 1,100-cr Dal cleaning, rehabilitation

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HIGHLIGHTSOmar gets Jairam’s assurance on environment protection package from Centre Rs. 600-cr FMP to be funded by Japan, Rs. 386-cr Wullar Cleaning Project, Rs. 250-cr Action Plan for Jhelum cleaning to be fast-tracked’ Dal Cleaning Project would be completed within next two yearsPromises to fund entire Rs. 1,100 cr Dal cleaning, rehabilitation project, liberal funding for other projects State to set up J&K Compulsory Authority to utilize Rs. 181 crore of State’ share for compulsory afforestation projectRs. 386 crore Wullar project will be expedited Rs. 250 crore Jhelum Cleaning project to be taken up on Ganga/Yamuna Plan analogyPromises to protect snow leopard, hangul Workshop on Himalayan Glacial retreat in mid-September to identify extent of retreat, suggest remedial measures Rs. 600 crore Japan-funded Forestry Management Project to be expedited for clear…