Advisor Kumar calls for more amenities, eco-tourism along Mughal Road

Advisor Kumar calls for more amenities, eco-tourism along Mughal Road

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, along with DC Shopian, Chief Engineer Mughal Road Project and other senior officers on Sunday visited the Mughal Road upto Peer Ki Gali to personally see the condition of the road that was recently thrown open for traffic after staying closed for five months during winter.
Kumar said that the Mughal Road should be fully utilised as an alternate road to link Jammu region with Kashmir, and wayside amenities had to be created for the convenience of commuters.
He also stressed on promoting eco-tourism activities to attract tourists to this beautiful place.
The Advisor made these remarks while chairing a meeting with officers of the forest department and Mughal Road authorities here on Monday.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Forests Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Gupta, Chief Engineer Mughal Road Project Mohammad Ashraf Bhat and other officers.
The Advisor asked the forest department to collaborate with the tourism department and come up with a workable action plan at the earliest to promote areas along the historic Mughal Road, especially eco-tourism activities.
The Advisor stressed on developing wayside amenities including separate toilets (bio-degradable) for male and female commuters and refreshment points, especially at Peer Ki Gali. He asked for creating temporary structures which should be wind proof and would sustain in the prevailing weather conditions.
Kumar asked for a team of senior officers from the forest and tourism departments, the Mughal Road Project, and other departments concerned to visit the Mughal Road and discuss all the important issues at the spot.
Various other important issues relating to development of the Mughal Road as a regular alternate road connecting both the regions were also discussed in detail. Keeping in view the regular incidents of landslides resulting blockage of National Highway, the historical Mughal Road must be utilised properly but that needs coordination from all the involved departments, the Advisor said.
He said that after the visit of the team of senior officers to the area, all related works should start immediately and be completed in a time bound manner.
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