J&K travel advisory: Dy British high commissioner says will take issue with govt in London

Meets CS, DGP; says situation in JK much better now
SRINAGAR: Deputy British high commissioner, Dr Alexander Evans Tuesday met chief secretary, B R Sharma here at the Civil Secretariat, where director general of police, K Rajendra Kumar and regional overseas security manager, William Smith and senior foreign policy advisor, Pratyush Rao were also present.
During the hour long meeting, Sharma and Rajendra underlined the need to remove to remove the negative travel advisories for foreign tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir. They said that all the tourist destinations in the state were trouble free.
Dr Evans, while stating that the situation in J&K was much better now than it was during the nineties, when he was a student of Kashmir University pursuing his PHD in J&K history, said that he will be taking up the issue regarding J&K travel advisory with the British government. He hoped that right situational awareness will lead to positive changes in the same.
Chief secretary talked about the vital road sector projects underway in Jammu and Kashmir aimed at removing the physical barriers between various regions of the state and providing a better connectivity with the rest of India.
“J&K government with support from government of India has taken in hand many key road and tunnel projects. Once completed these will enable round the year connectivity to Jammu, Leh, Gurez and other areas besides significantly reducing travel time,” he said.
“The work on the rail project to connect Katra and Banihal is in full swing. Once the rail project is completed in J&K, horticulture and tourism sectors are expected to receive major boost,” Sharma maintained.
He also spoke about the J&K government’s recent initiatives to harness hydro power and reduce T&D losses aimed at transforming J&K into a power surplus state.