Srinagar: Owing to rising demand for Jhelum cruise, Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism department on Wednesday decided to continue operation of water transport on river Jhelum from the Ghat near GPO Srinagar to Khanqah-e-Moula shrine.
The service has been launched jointly by Department of Tourism Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation and the divisional administration and to promote water transport and heritage tourism.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said earlier the Jhelum cruise was run on promotional basis without any charges which attracted locals as well as tourists.
“Now, the services will continue at Rs 25 per head which is still highly subsidized service to promote water transport and historic places on the banks of River Jhelum,” said the director.
Irrigation and Flood Control Department will be maintaining the Ghat as an anchor point for the motor boats.
Director tourism said the service will boost the tourism as there are many heritage sites on the banks of river Jhelum which tourists will want to see.
“We have recently released the drone video on the seven bridges on river Jhelum which received overwhelming response from the locals. Both locals and tourists want to have take a cruise on river Jhelum to see the historic places,” he added.