KATHUA: To develop areas having tourist potential, Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM), Dr Nirmal Singh on Saturday, while reiterating government’s commitment, said that Billawar has glorious history of religious and economic activities.
Singh was interacting with the locals after paying obeisance at Ringri Mata temple inside historical Garhi Fort at Thara Kalyal on the occasion of annual congregation of Sumbria Rajput community, an official press note read.
According to the press note, Singh maintained that the natural beauty of Billawar makes it unique place to visit sprawling landscapes and religious shrines.
“The place can be further revamped as heritage town to attract tourists to this area”, he added.
The community members from Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and surrounding areas thronged in large numbers to get blessings of the community deity.
Highlighting several initiatives launched to restore the pristine glory of Billawar town, Dy CM said that Rs 32 Lakh from his CDF (Constituency Development Fund) have been sanctioned for the construction of boundary wall along the Garhi Fort for its conservation. He directed the ADC to immediately start the demarcation work.
To increase the tourist inflow and give impetus to the economic activities in the area, Singh said that road connectivity to religious places would also get a fillip.
He further said that preserving historical monuments and bringing them on tourist circuit provide a great attraction to devotee tourists and heritage lovers.
“The end beneficiary in the religious tourism is always local population but they have to work in tandem with the government with a vision where emphasis is laid on infrastructure, awareness, education and training”, he added.
The Dy CM also paid obeisance at the annual congregation of Upadhaya community near Thara Kalyal where people from nearby villages also thanked him for sanctioning Rs 12 Lakh from out of his CDF for road connectivity and improving PDD infrastructure, the press note added.