SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir State Cable Car Corporation (JKSCCC) has earned Rs 27. 06 crore from April to June ending, 2014 on Gulmarg Gandola riding which was Rs 19.27 crore during the corresponding period of last fiscal.
This information was given at a meeting convened under the Chairmanship of Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, to review the functioning of JKSCCC, Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) and tourism related activities being carried out in the Gulmarg area here Thursday.
Minister for Agriculture Production Ghulam Hassan Mir was also present in the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the ministers called for proper utilization of available resources for the comfortable stay of the tourists at tourist destinations, saying that it would go a long way in conveying the hospitable nature of the people of the State and help in increasing the influx of tourists to the State.
They sought detailed project report of measures taken for maintenance of Gulmarg Golf Course.
They stressed the need for maintaining sanitation and hygienic environ at Gulmarg. They said that cleanliness should be focused area and the hoteliers should also be taken on aboard in this regard so that the pristine glory of the destination is preserved.
Reviewing the physical and financial targets of the Corporation set for current fiscal, the meeting was informed that Rs 40.13 crore have been realized while over 6 lakh persons enjoyed Gandola ride during 2013-14. As many as 11,133 passengers were ferried at Makhdoom Sahib Ropeway earning Rs 8.42 lakh from April to June, 2014 and hoped for good response from the visitors in future, the meeting was informed.
The issues relating to maintenance of sanitation, provision of financial, technical assistance and issuance of snow-bike and excursion vehicles licences to new beneficiaries at Gulmarg tourist spot, parking of vehicles at proper places, safety and security of tourists at different tourist destinations were also came up for discussion during the meeting.
The meeting also reviewed the pace of progress on various ongoing developmental works being carried out at various other tourist destinations including at Veerinag, Cheshmashahi, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Jammu.
Among others, Secretary Tourism and Culture, Zaffar Ahmed Bhat, Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Talat Parvez, MD, JKSCCC and Chief Executive Officer, GDA, Tufail Matoo, MD, JK TDC, Shamim Ahmad Wani, Secretary, Royal Golf Course besides representatives from Tourist Trade Associations, Gulmarg and Tangmarg attended the meeting.