SRINAGAR: The hoteliers of Jammu interacted with Secretary Tourism, Farooq Ahmed Shah, to discuss their demands related to development of tourism.
An official handout issued here said the Hotel and Restaurant Association, Katra asked Shah to provide tourism-related people membership of Sidhra Golf Course on subsidised rates.
“Sidhra Golf Course, made by the department of Tourism with crores of rupees, has remained confined to the leisure of 270 officials and 30 to 35 non-officials only. It should be explored fully. The tourism-related and other good people should be given subsidised memberships, so that they can bring maximum pilgrims and tourists to the gold course,” the association’s President Rakesh Wazir, Chairman Shyam Lal Kesar, and General Secretary Harish Kumar Dubey, said, according to the handout.
They were heading the delegation that interacted with Shah, it said, adding that Director Tourism Jammu, R K Verma, and Deputy Director Tourism, Rakesh Atri, were also present in the meeting.
Wazir, as per the handout, said the SRO declaring tourism as an industry has expired.
It, he said, should be revived with all benefits, such as subsidised electricity supply, made available to the tourism players.
Wazir said Katra should be made a “modernised model base camp” for the whole state, with availability of “good roads, lighting, beautiful parks, and light and sound amusement parks”.
“One crore pilgrims and tourists coming here could be channelised to all over the state. Moreover, the places of tourists’ interest around Katra should be developed for longer stay of tourists,” he said.
Kesar demanded that the work on sanctioned projects, including remodeling of Cheryai Kagga on the pattern of Chashma Shahi in Srinagar, should commence early.