|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Nov 19 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Monday reiterated the need of preserving natural beauty of the State adding that in no way development of tourist infrastructure should interfere in the serenity and environment of tourist resorts.
Chairing the 6th meeting of Pahalgam Development Authority here this morning, Omar Abdullah said that revival of tourism industry would generate wide-ranging economic activities for people and help in the growth of economy. However, he added that while planning tourist facilities, maintenance and conservation of environment and ecology should be of top most priority.
The meeting discussed matters relating to upgradation of water supply and electricity facilities in Pahalgam and adjacent areas. It also discussed issues relating to drainage, beautification of Beetab Valley, development of additional picnic spots and camping sites, disposal of garbage, development of walk-ways, registration of ponies and creating skiing slopes in Aru. The Chief Minister said that skiers visiting Valley this winter would be send to Aru to ascertain the status of snow and the feasibility of creating skiing slopes in the area.