The coalition government has done well to initiate the momentum at Patnitop Development Authority which has remained moribund since the past many years. In the recent meeting of the Patnitop authority chaired by the CM the government has directed a detailed study of the various development plans of Patnitop tourist circuit.
The plan is to develop the entire sector comprising Mantalai, Sanasar, Baglihar, Batote, Dudu-Basantgarh, Kud and all areas falling in the vicinity which have tourism potential. The plan includes water sports at Baglihar dam, electric train and wellness projets at Patnitop, cable car at Mantalai and several such projects which have been hanging fire since last fifteen years.
As clearances from the forest department have been obtained the projects should start in the right earnest. It must be said that CM Mufti Sayeed has taken up this issue in the right earnest, and if this zeal is converted into action then Patnitop circuit could emerge as one of the best tourist places in the Jammu province.
The message now should be clear in the official dome as well that the projects of the PDA are equally important and there needs to be proper execution by all the agencies in a time bound manner. Tourists from all over the country who throng to Katra to visit Mata Vaishno shrine have started visiting Patnitop, and if we are able to spread this circuit then it could help in boosting the revenue as tourists would be willing to spend an extra day in this circuit adding to the income of the local population. It must be noted that internal tourists have played an important role in boosting the tourism sector in the country, and if the PDA is able to deliver the results then it could spell economic boom for this hilly region as well. What must be kept in mind is that tourism should be responsible and sustainable so that ecology, and weather are not disturbed.