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Mehbooba to open Suchetgarh and Chamblayal cross-border route for tourism

Mehbooba Mufti would not only be focusing on opening of Suchetgarh cross-border point in RS Pura sector, which her father had hoped for during his tenure as Chief Minister, but also famous Chamblayal point in Ramgarh sector of Samba district as she undertakes visit to both the border points today.

An official said that Mehbooba will be reviewing promotion of border tourism at both the places, which were long pending demands of not only the local people but the people of Jammu.

Mufti Sayeed, then Chief Minister only few days before falling ill had visited Suchetgarh sector and proposed promotion of border tourism and opening of Suchetgarh-Sialkot route in December.

Sources said Mehbooba Mufti would be taking a step ahead and proposing not only the promotion of border tourism at Suchetgarh-Sialkot but also Chamblayal route in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, which housed famous and widely revered religious shrine of Baba Chamblayal ji, which is respected by the people from both sides of India and Pakistan.

The Chamblayal fair, which is celebrated on third Thursday of every July, is also attended by the Pakistani Rangers, who offer chadar on behalf of Pakistani people and take prasad for them. But after 1971 war, the practice was stopped for Pakistani people who use to visit the shrine

Sources said that just like Indo-Pak trade like Wagah in Amritsar district of Punjab Chief Minister could take up the opening of these two more border points with the Centre to promote people-to-people links and give boost.

Sources added that the Tourism Department, whose charge is also held by the Chief Minister, could take steps for promotion of border tourism at both the places including Suchetgarh and Chamblayal,  pointing out that Chamblayal is addition to Suchetgarh border point of RS Pura sector, whose promotion was on cards during the tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Sources said that both Suchetgarh and Chamblayal have extreme potential to attract tourists in Jammu, it was the absence of proper administration and security guidelines that both local as well as people from the other States were unable to visit the two points.

Adding that this places could become centre of attraction if facilities were generated at both the places.