SRINAGAR: The state government plans to promote “border tourism” to Jammu’s frontier areas, such as Suchetgarh and Chaka da Bagh, on the pattern of Wagah border.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed revealed the plan after inaugurating ‘Back 9 Hole Jammu Tawi Golf Course’ and a Clubhouse in Jammu, an official handout issued here said.
“Mufti Sayeed also reiterated his plans to promote border tourism, particularly in Suchetgarh and Chaka da Bagh, on the pattern of Wagah Border, which attracts a large number of visitors on the weekends,” it said.
He, as per the handout, called upon the tourism stakeholders “to compliment the undiluted efforts of the state government” to enable Jammu to gain a “firm foothold in the ever-expanding travel industry”.
He said Jammu’s emergence as a “top-end tourism destination” will depend solely on how “we diversify our travel-related infrastructure and facilities”.
“Jammu will be heralded as an independent leisure and adventure destination on the tourism map of the state,” he said.
Comparing the ambiance of the golf course with that of the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar, he said he was “pleasantly surprised” to see it for the first time.
Outlining his objective of diversifying the state’s tourism sector, Mufti said his government would venture into adventure, heritage and golf tourism that hold “great potential to attract travellers to Jammu region as well”.
“J&K is a perfect destination for golfing. By creating a circuit, we will be able to provide experience to the golfers in two distinct geographical regions of the state,” he said, asking the Secretary Tourism to hold golf events at Sidhra Golf Course this winter.
The chief minister emphasised on expediting the work on commissioning of Bahu Fort Ropeway, beautification of Tawi Riverfront, and restoration of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex.
He specifically mentioned promotion of Ranjit Sagar and Baghliar Dams, Surinsar-Mansar, Jai-Bhadarwah and Sanasar as “ideal tourist destinations”, which, he said, hold “great potential”.
The chief minister asked Director Tourism, Jammu to fast-track measures for development of Mantalai as an International Yoga Centre.
He also emphasised on formulating Sunday, off-day, and weekday packages to woo leisure tourists to Jammu.