Despite the government claims of promoting tourism in untapped destinations of the State, the picturesque South Kashmir resort of Aru, near Pahalgam, has not seen any such efforts from the establishment. The destination is devoid of all infrastructure facilities, causing tremendous inconvenience to tourists and locals alike. A tussle between Tourism and Wild Life departments is also responsible for the pathetic condition of the resort.
The road leading to the scenic resort is in shambles, electricity is erratic, there is no cellular service, and sanitation is poor with heaps of garbage and horse dung littered all around.
“Despite being a favorite destination for tourists, mostly foreigners, the condition of the approach road is pathetic,” said the residents.
They said that Roads and Buildings Department has not bothered to macadamize this road for years together.
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