State Affairs

Few takers for border tourism in Jammu

JAMMU: Rising hostilities between India and Pakistan, coupled with poor vision of the State government functionaries have failed to promote border tourism across the Jammu region.

In the absence of adequate infrastructural facilities, including transport services and better road conditions, these tourist places have failed to attract adequate number of visitors, reports State Times.

Octroi Post at Suchetgarh border in R S Pura area, shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas (Mela Chamliyal) and Gharana Wet Land are some of the nearby tourist places, which were shortlisted to be promoted on the tourism map of the state.

Despite creating basic facilities and organising different fairs to attract visitors to these places, it has been mostly seen only State government ministers, families of defence personnel and who’s who of the state guests visit the border areas while common tourists give it a miss.

Last year SRTC bus service was launched by the state government to ferry Amarnath pilgrims to these border areas but this year no such facility has been made available to the pilgrims.

The ambitious project aimed at expanding infrastructure facilities along the border areas and introduce it to the tourist population and local residents is yet to take off.

In the absence of promotion of these tourist spots, the purpose of creating jobs for local youth and promoting economic activity in the border areas has also been defeated.

Local residents blame the local authorities for not creating facilities to attract tourists in the border areas.

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