Rs 7.01 cr tourism project proposed for Panchari: MoS

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JAMMU: GoI’s tourism ministry has sanctioned a project for development of tourist facilities at Panchari costing Rs.7.01 crore under PMDP, Minister of State for Tourism, Priya Sethi informed said on Thursday.
Replying to a question by legislator Dina Nath Bhagat, the minister said that drinking water and electricity to Patnitop, Kud, Sudmahadev and Mantali tourist spots is being supplied by the Power Development and Public Health Engineering Departments as per schedule. She said the concerned departments were taking fresh initiatives to provide adequate power and water supply to these areas, read an official handout.
Priya Sethi said that 14 hoteliers had encroached forest land at Patnitop, of which 9 have been evicted. “No encroachment of forest land by hoteliers has been reported at Kud, Sudmahadev and Mantalai,” she added.
The minister said that the circular road (5 KM) in the jurisdiction of Patnitop Development Authority is in good condition and traffic worthy. “During current year 2.70 kilometer stretch has been blacktopped by PWD (R&B) Department and remaining 2.30 kilometers will be blacktopped in summer season,” she said.

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