SRINAGAR: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday said the state government has formulated a plan to promote Jammu as an independent all-season tourist destination.
Replying to a question in legislative Council about creation of tourist-related facilities at Surinsar-Mansar, the chief minister said the government has formulated a plan to promote Jammu as an independent tourist destination for all seasons.
He referred to Jammu, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Patnitop, Poonch,Rajouri, Baghliar and Ranjit Sagar Dams as places that can be developed as full-fledged holiday destinations.
The chief minister assured the Council that Surinsar-Mansar will be promoted in a big way, as the tourist spot is at a stone’s throw from the Jammu city.
“I agree that the full potential of Surinsar-Mansar has not been tapped. We will take steps to create facilities for children and elders alike so that it attracts a good footfall of tourists,” he said.
Highlighting the potential of Jammu as an ideal heritage destination, Mufti said tourism in Jammu will also receive a fillip once the 9-hole Sidhra Golf course will be upgraded to 18-hole and commissioned later this year.
Mufti, while speaking during supplementaries, said his government is committed to acquire additional land for expansion of Jammu airport, which is facing a “space crunch”.
The expansion, he said, would pave way for its upgrading on the pattern of Srinagar airport.
Mufti said the issue was discussed threadbare during the recent civil-military liaison meeting in which it was decided that the army and the civil administration will exchange land to enable execution of the work on the airport’s expansion.
Mufti said Jammu Airport “is choked due to space constraint”, and needs “immediate expansion” to ensure safety and comfort of the passengers.