SRINAGAR: Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Association (KHARA) Tuesday welcomed the government’s decision to regain control of Centaur Lake View hotel and of other structures occupied by paramilitary CRPF.
“It is a good step from the government for the promotion of the tourism in the state,” President KHARA, Showkat Chowdhary, said in a press statement issued here. The Centaur Lake View hotel, which the CRPF vacated Monday, is one of the “best properties” in the Valley and at a prime location, he said.
“There can be no other beautiful location than this for one of the biggest hotels in the Valley.
We have wasted the potential of this 250-room property for two decades. But it was never late to amend,” he said.
“Now this property should be marketed properly so that high-end tourists can enjoy the beauty of the Dale Lake.”
KHARA has urged the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to take “more such steps” and make CRPF vacate other hotels also, to have “more tourist accommodation created from already-existing properties”.
The Inspector General of CRPF K S Bandari has reportedly said that the paramilitary force was provided alternate accommodation by the state government against the Centaur hotel. And, he has said, they will be vacating more structures including the Amar Singh Club.
KHARA urged the CM to provide financial assistance to the hoteliers for renovation of the properties occupied by the CRPF.
“After getting the hotels vacated, government should provide them soft loan so that these properties are upgraded for comfortable stay of the tourists,” he said.
The Association also appreciated Sayeed for touring the city and giving on-spot directions to officers for its beautification, especially of the old city areas including Jamia Masjid, Khanqah-e-Moula and Hazratbal.
“Old city, which has a huge potential for pilgrim and heritage tourism, has been neglected. Now CM should ensure that his orders are implemented in a time-bound manner,” said Chowdhary.
The CM’s directions to LAWDA for realigning houseboats and to connect them to common sewerage treatment plants are also “a welcome step”, he said.
“Hoteliers will wholeheartedly support the efforts of the government for beautification of the Srinagar city and for promotion of the tourism,” he said.