J&k re­views se­cu­rity to pro­tect tourists

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation - NOOR-UL-QAMRAIN SRINAGAR

The Jammu and Kash­mir gov­ern­ment has re­viewed se­cu­rity ar­range­ments of tourists go­ing to dif­fer­ent health re­sorts in North and South Kash­mir af­ter a young boy from Chen­nai was killed while on his way from Gul­marg in a stone-throw­ing in­ci­dent.

Se­nior PDP leader and vice-chair­man of Jammu and Kash­mir Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (JKTDC) Rafi Ah­mad Mir told this re­porter that ad­vi­sory has been is­sued to tourists on how to travel dur­ing vi­o­lence hit days in Kash­mir.

He said that Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti, who has al­ready told the par­ents of the Chen­nai boy that her head hangs in shame, has in­structed all the wings of the gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the po­lice to en­sure that such tragic in­ci­dents with tourists don’t re­cur. Mir said that he was hope­ful that tourists will con­tinue to come and en­joy their hol­i­days in Kash­mir. He praised the en­tire so­ci­ety of Kash­mir, in­clud­ing sep­a­ratists, for con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent and said that such crim­i­nal el­e­ments in the so­ci­ety have been iso­lated. Re­ports said that the Me­hbooba Mufti dis­pen­sa­tion has de­cided to pro­vide max­i­mum se­cu­rity to the tourists, who are keen to go to dif­fer­ent places. The gov­ern­ment has taken a strong note of the Nar­bal in­ci­dent, in which stone­pel­ters were able to tar­get tourist ve­hi­cles de­spite the pres­ence of po­lice, leav­ing the Chen­nai boy dead.

Direc­tor Tourism, Kash­mir, Mehmood Ah­mad Shah told this news­pa­per that hope has taken over de­spon­dency in the tourism trade and saluted the tourists from Chen­nai who com­pleted their hol­i­days in Kash­mir de­spite the in­ci­dent.

Shah said that he vis­ited Gul­marg af­ter the at­tack and in­ter­acted with hun­dreds of tourists and said that all nec­es­sary ar­range­ments have been put in place to avoid re­cur­rence of such tragic in­ci­dent. “I met a sin­gle group of 134 tourists of Chen­nai in Gul­marg and they ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the ar­range­ments and said that they don’t have any fears,” Shah said. Mehmood Shah said that the killing of a tourist has not im­pacted the foot­fall of tourists as some me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions tried to project. Shah said that in­ci­den­tally Tamil Nadu is the part­ner of J&K state for tourism pro­mo­tion un­der “Ek Bharat, shrestha Bharat”. He said that both states were try­ing to pro­mote the tourism prod­ucts of each other.

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