‘Terrorism to be combated with Tourism’ in Kashmir

Published on : Monday, April 6, 2015

Kashmir‘Terrorism can be combated with Tourism’, feels the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma. India is focusing on reviving Kashmir as a world tourism destination.


The country is determined to take tourism to new heights. There is greater concern now on the development of Kashmir and beautifying it picturesque locations to draw tourists rather than worrying about its neighbouring country, felt the minister.


The central government will work in tandem with the state to revive tourism prospects.


The government has announced and upgraded an amount of Rs. 127 billion from Rs. 100 billion to repair the infrastructural damages caused by flood in the state.



The government has already allocated 700 billion for the promotion of tourism out of which 400 billion have already been released.


The minister has assures that the arbitrary hike in airfare will be looked after and the facilities and infrastructure in the airports will be upgraded.


The centre would take special efforts in reviving the fortunes of Centaur, Ashoka and ITDC, the three government run hotels. He assured that within three months there would be a comprehensive revival plan that would boost tourism in the state.


There would be special efforts taken in reviving theater halls in Jammu.


The government plans to start one or two international flights from Srinagar to Jeddah. The three destinations of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh will be grouped under a new division called ‘Swadesh Darshan.’ The places covered under this scheme will comprise of Srinagar-Chatti, Padshahi-Hazratbal-Chrar-e-Sharief Spiritual Circuit, state-of-the-art Yoga Centre at Mantalai, Jammu and Leh Buddhist Spiritual Centre in Ladakh. This is being done as part of the revival of heritage sites that the government planned to follow in its tourism budget.

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