Several places on the border with Pakistan will be developed as tourism destinations on the lines of the Wagah border in Punjab.
New Delhi: With the summer unrest badly hurting tourism season in Kashmir, the state government is focussing on promoting border tourism to attract more visitors to the state.
Several places on the border with Pakistan will be developed as tourism destinations on the lines of the Wagah border in Punjab, according to Minister of State for Tourism of J&K Priya Sethi.
“We want to project the International Border in J&K as the border of peace and bonhomie. The initiative has a huge potential,” she said at an event here.
The state government has set aside Rs 500 crore for the project, the minister said.
“The government has plans to develop the border areas in Uri, Rajouri and Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch among others. The Union Ministry of Tourism has given its nod to the project. We will soon discuss it with the Border Security Force,” said J&K’s Tourism Secretary Farooq A Shah.
Suchetgarh, which was an important trading point between Sialkot and Jammu before partition, records close to a thousand tourist footfalls daily, he said.