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Central nod for 350 crore for J&K tourism

Focus on laser show in Dal Lake, pilgrim tourism, adventure sports

Srinagar: The Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs.350 crore for development of 35 projects including a mega circuit and laser show in Srinagar's Dal Lake as part of its financial assistance to promote tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mega tourist circuits

“The Centre has committed development of 35 more tourism projects of Rs.180 crore to the State. Under these projects, besides development of new tourism spots, up-gradation of infrastructure at existing tourist places would get priority,” State Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said at a function here over the weekend.

The Minister said the Union Tourism Ministry has also approved mega tourist circuits for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh, each costing Rs.50 crore for promotion of pilgrim tourism. A laser show in Dal Lake would be organised for which Rs.12 crore have been approved by the Centre, the Minister said.

A water centre is also being developed at Mansabal Lake in Ganderbal district, and from the next year no motorboat would be allowed in Dal Lake, the Minister said.

Adventure tourism is receiving focused attention of the Government, he said, adding that after completion of the second phase of Kangdoori-Marrishoulder chair lift in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir this year, an international skiing event would be organised there.

Union Tourism Ministry has also given the go-ahead to introduce water skiing and para sailing courses at the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) here, as part of its efforts to revive the institute in Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister said an Everest Marathon event would be held during August in Leh. – PTI

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