Masterplan predicts Srinagar to run out of bed capacity by 2035

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
June 23, 2017 STATE 256 Views

The Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) has predicted that city would run out of bed capacity by 2035 with the increasing rush of tourists to the valley.
As per the Draft Master Plan-2035 prepared by the SDA, the Srinagar city presently has a bed capacity of 42,875 in hospitality sector, with an average demand of 10,309 beds per day.
Citing figures from tourism department, it said that the estimated tourist population for year 2035 in Srinagar is expected to be seven million.
“It is assumed that around 50 per cent of the tourist population will be visiting Srinagar in peak (four) months during summer, which implies an average 28,000 tourists per day by the year 2035,” the master plan draft reads.
“Assuming the average, the city will require about 56,000 beds per day by the year 2035,” it said.
The draft said that Srinagar city would require 13,000 additional beds to cater the tourist demand by 2035.
“It may be advisable to focus on quality of tourism rather than the quantity as it will jeopardise the fragile ecology of the Valley,” it said.
Meanwhile the Master Plan also envisages that new potential sites for accommodation have been identified on the basis of scientific analysis to cater to the tourist rush.
“The Revised Master Plan proposes to align the tourist infrastructure by creating tourist clusters and tourist circuits for tourism infrastructure. Further integrating the growth of individual hotels or guest houses with road hierarchy, functional nodes (Airport, Railway stations, bus terminals etc as envisaged in the Land use Plan) and potential mixed land use zones,”it said.
The Draft Master Plan said that the SDA has been identified sites in different tourism zones for the development of tourist accommodation.
It said that few of the heritage building can be transformed into heritage hotels under private- public- partnership mode.
“Office complexes, buildings identified have been identified to be transformed into heritage hotels preferably on PPP mode for economic revitalization of Lal Chowk CBD . it includes Forest Department Building, Sheikh Bagh, Lal chowk , Biscoe School campus, Old Secretariat Complex, District Court Complex Lal Chowk and Veterinary Hospital Maisuma.”

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