Narbal-Tangmarg and Gulmarg-Tangmarg Roads to be fully upgraded; Artisan Centre at hill station to showcase handicraft, skill of craftsmen
Jammu and Kashmir News
GULMARG, AUGUST 08: Moving a step closer in positioning Gulmarg as a premier destination for corporate conventions in the State, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today issued directions for setting up of a state-of-the-art Clubhouse with all built-in modern facilities for high-end tourists.
He also ordered setting up of an Artisan Centre here to showcase the state’s finest handicraft and present Live Demos of how exquisite items are made by our skilled craftsmen.
The Chief Minister issued these directions while chairing a review meeting today, which discussed the follow up action on the earlier directions passed by him to make Gulmarg a high-end all-season tourist resort.
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, MLA Gulmarg, Abbas Wani, Commissioner / Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Shailendra Kumar, MD JKTDC and Director Tourism Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad, Chief Engineer, R&B, Satish Razdan, and MD J&K Cable Car Corporation and CEO, Gulmarg Development Authority, Nazir Ahmad attended the meeting.
Highlighting the need for establishing a high-end Club to boost MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Tourism at Gulmarg, Mufti Sayeed directed Commissioner / Secretary, Tourism, to prepare a detailed concept plan so that the work on the project can commence at an earliest.
On the instructions of the Chief Minister, all roads earlier maintained by Tourist Development Authorities in their respective jurisdictions have been transferred to R&B for its regular upkeep.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply to Gulmarg resort, Mufti Sayeed instructed the Power Development Department to provide a dedicated line from 9.9 MW Drung Power Project. CEO GDA informed the Chief Minister that a heavy duty transformer has been installed at Gulmarg which has resolved the issue of frequent power fluctuations.
Expected to be completed by the end of October this year, the heritage centrepiece with five suites, one big conference hall and a press gallery, will be used as an independent convention centre for corporate conferences.