Jammu tourist industry wants bus terminal, more facilities for visitors to the city of temples


A deputation of Jammu Tourism Action Committee comprising Inderjeet Khajuria, convener JTCA, Ravi Mahajan, chairman, JPVM and Pawan Gupta general secretary AJHLA met with Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and apprised him about burning problems being faced by the tourism related traders.

While apprising him, Khajuria said that due to extension of rail link to Katra from other parts of country, the tourism related business fraternity has suffered a huge loss in its business and now unable to make their sustenance for their families and at the verge of starvation. He further said that a serious thought on the part of the government and administration has to be given to save the future of suffering business community.

While making a suggestion to government, he said, “Jammu should be made as an independent tourist destination for attraction of the tourists so that stakeholders may be compensated for the suffered loss due to rail link extension.” He further suggested that Inter State Bus Terminal should be retained in any situation at General Bus Stand, Jammu for encouraging tourism potential, besides, convenience of tourists and pilgrims. Despite assurances given by sitting Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Jammu based ministers, the Vice Chairman, Jammu Development Authority has submitted an adverse report to the High Court, J&K, which was a matter of concern, he added. He said, “In the report of JDA, the Inter State Bus Terminal has been converted into Inter City Bus Stand at General Bus Stand, which has created chaos and problems for business community and it should be rectified at the earliest by submitting a fresh report to the High Court.” He also requested the Div Com to highlight all these burning issues before the Chief Minister’s review committee meeting at Jammu, which has now been postponed to August 8, 2014.

Making a positive assurance on the part of administration, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu said that the government and administration are meant for the welfare of the public and to remove the problems rather than creating problems for them. He further assured that he would try to find out solution for retention of Inter State Bus Terminal at Bus Stand, Jammu after convening a meeting with concern authorities. Agreeing to the suggestion made by Khajuria in concern of constituting of monitoring committee to monitor the progress of ongoing Mega Projects in Jammu including Artificial Lake, Jammu Cable Car, Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Hari Singh park, Wild Life Zoo at Manda and Border Tourism, Divisional Commissioner assured that he would constitute a committee comprised of concerned HoD; Commissioner, JMC; VC, JDA; and non-official five members among suffering traders. Certain new tourism projects were also brought to his notice, which he assured to include in next programme.

Giving a brief account of Kailash Yatra arrangements at Bhadwerwah starting on August 14 the chairman, Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal, Ravi Mahajan urged to Divisional Commissioner to give a personal visit to take the stock of arrangements made for yatra and to give a fillip to the yatra. The Divisional Commissioner principally agreed to give a personal visit before August 14.

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