2.64 cr tourists, pilgrims visited J&K in last 3 yrs: Govt

BK Business Desk/Srinagar
January 13, 2018 BUSINESS 156 Views

Over 2.64 crore tourists and pilgrims visited the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years, state Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti said today.
To a question of Congress MLA Naresh Sharma in the Legislative Council, he said 2,64,12,467 tourists and pilgrims visited Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions and also the cave shrines of Amarnath and Mata Vaishnodevi from 2015 till November of 2017.
While, 92,03,690 tourists and pilgrims visited the state in 2015, as many as 93,34,600 arrived in 2016 and 78,72,377 in 2017 up to November-end, he said.
Of them, 2,15,46,404 pilgrims visited the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in last three years besides 8,23,842 pilgrims to Amarnath during the same period, the minister said.
The Minister of State for Tourism, Ms. Priya Sethi today informed the Legislative Council that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed footfall of 78.72 Lakh tourists till November last year and added that the state government has devised exclusive circuits for development of potential tourist destinations in the state to attract maximum number of visitors to the state.
The Minister was replying to separate questions of Ashok Khajuria and Naresh Kumar Gupta.
Giving details of tourist arrivals, she said around 11.61 lakh tourists visited Kashmir Valley, 2.59 lakh paid obeisance at Shri Amrnath, 61.88 lakh at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi and 2.63 lakh visited Ladakh during last year.
“Circuits have been exclusively devised and largely rolled out for creation of facilities and assets under PM’s Development package, Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD schemes” she told the House adding that the roadmap is in tandem with the state government’s focus on promotion of Tourism in the state. She said that Rs 51.15 crore has been allocated to various development authorities for execution of works under PMDP and allied Centrally Sponsored schemes.
The Minister further informed that Rs 47.25 Crore have been allocated in lieu of Tourists assets destroyed in the September 2014 floods.
She also informed the House that the work on first stage of Patnitop Gondola project is apace and is likely to be completed by the end of this year.
Ms Priya Sethi said that government’s focus is to project Jammu region as an independent and preferred tourist destination.

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