State Affairs

Chopper service between Srinagar & Gulmarg soon?

GULMARG

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sunday said to promote high-end tourism in the State, government would start a chopper facility for high-end visitors from Srinagar to Gulmarg and other tourist destinations.

“I want to start weekend tourism in Kashmir where people from different parts of India can come and spend their weekends here. To achieve that we can provide a helicopter service to the high-end tourists from Srinagar to Gulmarg to save their time,” said Mufti in a tourism conclave at Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg, reports Rising Kashmir.

Mufti said government would also provide chopper facilities for golfers between golf courses at Srinagar and Pahalgam and Gulmarg that would do wonders in tourism.

“The feasibility checks are being done for laying new golf courses in Sanasar, Sonamarg and Yusmarg,” he said.

Mufti said his effort would be to change the mindset of many tourists who think “Kashmir as a jail.”

“Tourists who land here are terrified at the sight of security at airport. In due course of time, you will see a drastic change in tourism sector. I want to make tourists feel safe here and not terrified,” said Mufti.

Expressing concern over the increasing air fares to Srinagar during peak tourist season, the Chief Minister requested the Union Tourism Minister who also holds the charge of Civil Aviation Ministry to explore operating Srinagar-Jeddah flights for facilitating Umrah pilgrims.

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