Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has taken up with Ministry of Home affairs GoI permitting foreign tourists to visit Panamik-Warshi including Yarma-Gonpa , Yarma Gonboo Monastry in Ladakh that fall under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958.
This was disclosed during a reply in the Legislative Assembly by Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone to a question raised by Nawang Rigzin Jora.
Lone said that these areas fall in Northern Border Districts of Jammu and Kashmir and are covered by the protected area under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958 .
Under this order non-Indian citizens have to seek permission to visit certain areas in India along with many in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that domestic tourists are now permitted to visit places beyond Panamil upto Warshi including Yarma-Gonpa / Yarma Gonboo Monastry in Nobra sub-division tourist circuit.
The Minister informed that government has identified tour circuits including Leh-Kharu-Changla-Durbuk-Tangse-Spangmik-Maan-Merak, Leh-Upshi-Chumathang-Mahey-Puga-Tsomoriri/Korzok, Leh-Upshi-Deprin-Puga-Tsomoriri/Korzok in Nyoma sub-division and Leh-Kharzongla-Khalsar-Tirthi upto Panamik, Leh-Kharzongla-Khalsar-Deskit-Kunder upto Turtuk-Pachathank and Leh-Saboo-Digar-Lobab-Khyungru-Tangyar in Nobra sub-division where foreign tourists are presently permitted to visit with certain conditions under the Protected Area regime.
In reply to another question by Daleep Singh Parihar, the Minister informed that construction of wayside amenities at Kharra and construction of view point along Thathri-Gandoh-Kilothran road have been taken up at the total cost of Rs. 7.84 crore under Bhaderwah-Bhallssa Tourist Circuit Development project. He said development of tourist infrastructure is undertaken at potential tourist spots where suitable communication facility is available.
Legislator, G. M. Saroori raised the supplementary and demanded land compensation for construction of Tourism Projects already sanctioned by the Centre at various tourism spots in Kishtwar and Doda districts.