Govt to give new dimensions to tourism industry: Priya Sethi

Govt to give new dimensions to tourism industry: Priya Sethi

Inspects progress on cable car project, Suchetgarh Border Tourism in Jmu

JAMMU: To give new dimensions to tourism industry in the state, the government is committed to complete several tourism related projects in a time bound manner.
This was stated by Minister of State (MoS) for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks Priya Sethi, during her visit to Peer Kho to inspect the progress of work on ambitious cable car project spanning from Peer Kho to Mahamaya Temple to Bahu Fort, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the project would be completed by early 2018 and is expected to cost Rs. 72 crore.
Priya Sethi took stock of works at Peer Kho sites and enquired about completion timelines for various stages of the project.
She asked the engineers and officers to expedite the work so that the project was thrown open to public within the promised timeframe.
Priya Sethi said that completion of this project would give a major boost to the state tourism economy by creating varied avenues for the people associated with the tourism industry.
She further said that Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti was personally monitoring the progress on these special tourism projects for Jammu and efforts were being made to develop Jammu as a prime tourism destination in the state.
Elaborating on other tourism initiatives in pipeline, the MoS said that along with diverting the tourist traffic towards ancient Shiv Caves at Peer Kho, a 5 crore project was also underway to connect the five temples adjoining Peer Kho by a common pathway so that tourists could fully experience and appreciate rich religious tourism avenues in the region.
Priya Sethi also inspected the progress on construction work of Suchetgarh Border Tourism Project to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.92 crore.
She was informed about development on various components of the project including construction of multipurpose hall with souvenir shops and cafeteria, restoration of pre-independence railway platform in frontier express theme-cum-museum and gallantry gallery, tourist vehicle parking lot, internal pathways and landscaping and plantation with solar irrigation systems, rain-water harvesting and filtration provisions, overhead water reservoir, solid waste management and eco-awareness information signage, the press note read.
While giving instructions for ensuring quality work, Priya Sethi asked the officers and executing agencies to “complete the project within the time schedule and avoid the overrun of cost and time”.
Priya Sethi also took stock of ongoing construction work of development of tourism facilities at Bhagwati Nagar Jammu to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 15 crore. The work is being executed by tourism department.
The MoS took round of various sites of the project including Tourism Information Center, tourist cafeteria, tourist vehicle parking, and resting shelter and inspected the ongoing construction works, the press note added.


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