Perspective planning key to holistic dev of tourism destinations: Dy CM

Perspective planning key to holistic dev of tourism destinations: Dy CM
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Reviews Gulmarg Master Plan 2032

JAMMU: There is dire need of pursuing tourism destinations with proper planning, besides considering the impacts such development brings to the environment and communities stated Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh here on Tuesday.
Singh said this while chairing a high-level meeting of group of ministers to review new Gulmarg Master Plan 2032.
Gulmarg Tourism Master Plan is a broad policy framework in the form of a coherent set of proposals for giving desired direction and impetus to the existing growth by exploring untapped development potential of the area, read an official handout.
“Perspective planning has to be done so that the document meets future infrastructure needs and other tourism related things to ensure the inclusive growth and community driven development of the area,” it read.
The aim of the new revised master plan is to ensure integrated efforts involving all stakeholders to preserve and improve the aesthetics and ecology of Gulmarg and its surrounding areas.
The deputy chief minister said that tourism provided a major economic opportunity in the area and a means of improving the livelihood of residents.
Singh said that rapid and unregulated tourism infrastructure affected the ecology, scenic beauty and natural resources. He said, “Gulmarg needs to cater to tourism demand without compromising on its fragile ecology which can only be achieved through a clear vision in the form of a master plan.”
He directed the concerned for formulating a formal document to guide both public and private sector development activities.
Other ministers present in the meeting also give their suggestions and ideas for improving the document being formulated for next 30 years to develop Gulmarg as an eco-tourism destination.
Minister for Tourism, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti on the occasion said that master plan would guide the decisions about sustainable development of a tourist area. “It analyses the existing situation, forecasts the tourist flow and should have a vision for the proposed infrastructure base on sustainable ecosystems approach,” he said.