Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Dr Nirmal Singh today stressed on creating better infrastructure and connectivity to the potential areas with religious significance to promote pilgrim tourism.
“Billawar has many religious places of historic importance which can be projected for attracting pilgrim tourists by making concerted efforts as travel motivations are rooted deeply in socio-cultural aesthetics,” the Speaker said after paying obeisance on the occasion of annual festival at Nag Mandir Sanayal, Dinga Amb here at Billawar.
The annual fair, held on the eve of Nag Panchami at the historical temple shrine, witnessed huge rush of devotees from all walks of life. After extending greetings to people, the Speaker inaugurated a Shed near the temple premises which was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 15 Lakh under 13 FC by Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.
While speaking about various tourist places in the area having religious significance, Dr Singh emphasized on bringing Billawar under religious tourism circuit and said that with increased accessibility and improved infrastructure a complete transformation would be witnessed in proliferating religious tourism.
“The development and projection of tourist spots and religious places will not only improve socio-economic status of the local population but also foster communal harmony and lead to a cleaner social environment,” Dr. Singh added.
During the religious congregation, several delegations apprised the Speaker about the demands of their respective areas pertaining to improvement of water supply, upgrading of roads and augmentation of power infrastructure. Dr Nirmal Singh issued on spot directions to the concerned officers to resolve all the genuine issues on priority.
BDO, Tehsildar, Engineers, other Divisional level officers, prominent citizens and villagers in large numbers were present on the occasion.