Govt to develop tourism infrastructure in Kalakote: Minister
RAJOURI: the State Government is keen to bring Kalakote on tourism map and is focusing on the development of major tourism destinations in the area, Minister for Animal & Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli said on Sunday.
The minister said this while visiting the proposed site for construction of artificial lake near Kalakote and tourism infrastructure at Tatapani hot-springs located 40 kilometres from Rajouri.
According to an official press note issued here, Kohli also reviewed the existing tourist facilities at Tatapani and directed the Tourism Development Authority for a comprehensive DPR (Detailed Project Report) to develop facilities at the hot springs.
The minister also inspected the tourist accommodation created by Department of Tourism at Tatapani and asked for its maintenance through outsourcing.
Kohli impressed upon the officers to “develop innovative components for artificial lake and hot-springs to woo tourists and create durable assets”. He also reviewed the progress on construction of link road to Manma Mata Shrine near Khargala in Kalakote, the press note added.
Interacting with people at Tatapani, he issued instructions to concerned departments for looking into the issues raised by people especially rural infrastructure, electric maintenance and regular water supply.
Appreciating the district administration for holding a series of camps in far flung areas and issuing more than 15000 certificates in a short time, he said that it reflects the commitment of the government for public service delivery at doorsteps and expressed satisfaction that this model is being replicated in other districts too.
Earlier, District Development Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary informed that the project of artificial lake has been proposed for an estimated cost of Rs 4.22 crore which would include a dam, public conveniences, park, walking paths and tracks, parking place, landscaping, children park, dedicated power feeder. The project is being planned under convergence and regular plan of Rural Development Authority (RDA).
CEO RDA Showkat Malik briefed the minister about proposed development of separate waiting halls for men and women, development of spring and public conveniences at Tatapani hotsprings.
It was decided during the visit that a proper layout plan would be developed for the vicinity of hot-springs for better landscaping and creating open spaces.
ACR Abdul Qayoom Mir, CEO RDA Showkat Malik, SDM Kalakote Khalid Wafa and district officers accompanied the minister.