Srinagar: The various Tourism Trade Bodies of Kashmir on Friday asked the government to revoke the order of banning civilian traffic on Highway for two days a week, and said that the move will affect the tourism and trade sectors in the state
In a joint press conference here, they said the order has been issued without considering its impact on the population of Kashmir and tourists intending to visit Kashmir. “The closure of the only available road link with rest of country would put the whole population and tourists to unimaginable inconvenience and will have disastrous consequences in our economy,” they added.
“The government needs to deal with the situation without encroaching on the rights of the public. The security forces movement from Banihal to Baramulla can also be done by railways which would save their travelling time and at the same time will not disturb the local population as well as tourists,” they said.
Nasir Ahmad Shah, spokesperson of Tourism Trade bodies of Kashmir said, “It will also discourage tourists and locals to visit tourist places like Gulmarg and Pahalgam.”
“The order will have negative impact on the inflow of tourists to our,” said Hamid Wangnoo – chairman Kashmir Houseboat Owners Association.
“When the government and tourism players are making efforts to revive the tourism sector, these actions will worsen the tourist inflow,” Wangnoo added.
The press conference was jointly held by JKTA, TASK, TAAK, J&K PILTOF, TTIG, AKTO, UTAA, TAAI – J&K Chapter, IATO – J&K Chapter, ADTOI – J&K Chapter, KHAROF, KHARA, and J&K Hoteliers Club.