KATHUA: Tourism plays an important role in the economy of the State of Jammu and Kashmir as it is bestowed with captivating sceneries and has a huge potential in tourism sector. There is a need to tap the untouched vistas using innovative techniques to bring them on the tourist map of the state.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said this after laying the foundation stone of 14 Km road project from Sukrala to Najot under PMGSY with an estimated cost of Rs 14.5 crore.
Dr Singh said that not only mountains and fountains should be developed as scenic spots but shrines and temples of the State also have a high potential to be developed as pilgrimage tourist spots and Government has already launched initiatives in this regard at various religious spots across the state.
Dr Nirmal Singh also paid obeisance at Shri Mata Sukrala Devi Shrine and prayed for peace, harmony and prosperity of the nation. Deputy Chief Minister also interacted with the devotees at the shrine and asked them about cleanliness and sanitation in and around the shrine. He also reviewed the arrangements made by the administration for Navratra festival at the holy shrine.
Later, the Deputy Chief Minister also attended a function organized by Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha, Bhagocha Chak to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Guru Ravi Dass Ji in the presence of Sant Gurdeep Giri Ji at village Bhaiya of Hiranagar and laid foundation stone of Community Facilitation Centre, which is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakh.