JAMMU: Efforts are underway to make Jammu division as one of the major pilgrimage tourist destinations and in this regard necessary mechanism has already been put in place to upgrade the existing infrastructure besides creating awareness about the same in rest of India, Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh said on Sunday.
He was speaking after inaugurating Mathwar festival at Akhnoor here, an official handout read.
“Akhnoor area is of very great historical and cultural importance in the whole of Indian sub-continent and we have already set in process the mechanism which would not only preserve its historicity but also ensure development on the modern lines especially in the tourism and other related sectors,” Singh added.
Deputy chief minster while enumerating the steps undertaken for development of tourism sector said that the prime minister’s development package envisions for holistic development of tourism and “focus is also on ensuring that Jammu division comes up as one of the major destinations of pilgrimage tourism”. He said that the efforts were also on for bringing other unexplored areas on tourism map, the handout further read.
“This would also go a long way in promotion the overall tourism in the Jammu division, which would in turn give a fillip to the economy of the areas by way of generating the necessary job opportunities to the people related with tourist activities as well as the youth”, he maintained.
Nirmal Singh said that these occasions serve as a great opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the festivals and the spirit of India. He said, “We should come together and pray for peace in our state and the whole world as well.”