Colonial Era Railway Platform being redone; Landscaping, rain harvesting to attract more tourists
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday directed the tourism department and other agencies to complete works on Suchetgarh road and associated facilities within the schedule timeframe. She said that early completion these facilities could attract more tourists to visit the place.
The chief minister visited Suchetgarh to review the pace of developmental and facilitation works being carried out to make the place an acclaimed attraction for border tourism, a statement issued by J&K’s information department said.
She directed the divisional administration to explore the possibilities of starting ceremonial parade at the ‘zero point’ so that the place attracts tourists on Wagah-Attari point pattern. The CM visited the zero point which provides a panoramic view of the place.
She reviewed the component wise execution of the Rs 4.92 crore project to give border tourism in the area a boost. She was informed that a multipurpose hall with souvenir shops and cafeteria is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 90 lacs and is scheduled to be completed by early next year. A colonial era railway platform is being restored and developed in Frontier Express theme and museum form. The project is expected to cost Rs. 1.50 crore and shall be completed by early 2019. This feature is expected to add heritage and historic value to the place and enhance tourist footfall by a great measure, said the press statement.
Among other facilities being added at the place include a tourist parking lot costing Rs. 60 lakhs, rain water harvesting project, landscaping and plantation project costing Rs. 1.35 crore. These project are also slated for completion by early 2019.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu informed the CM that road network from R S Pura to Suchetgarh is being further improved by BRO at a cost of Rs 20 crore which would minimize the time of travel to the place.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Choudhary; Minister of State for Tourism, Priya Sethi; Vice Chairman, SC Board, Bhushan Dogra; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, M K Bhandari; Secretary, Tourism, M H Malik; IGP Jammu zone, SDS Jamwal; Director, Tourism, Jammu, Smita Sethi; officers of Tourism Department and divisional administration accompanied the Chief Minister during her tour.
The CM also visited the historic Raghunath Bazaar to inspect the pace of conservation and beautification works. So far, Rs 5.19 crore have been incurred on developing and restoring various heritage facets on the two sides of the market.