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Zulfkar urges GoI to explore Tourism potential of Rajouri-Poonch belt
5/19/2017 10:55:20 PM
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Srinagar, May 19: Urging Government of India (GoI) to explore tourism potential of Rajouri and Poonch belt, Jammu and Kashmir minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) ChoWdhary Zulifar Ali demanded development of seven lakes of Pir Panchal. Choudhary Zulfikar today called upon Union Minister of State for Tourism, Mahesh Sharma and discussed the issue of development of seven lakes of Pir Panchal, Pilgrimage Tourist Circuit and Heritage Development Authority for Rajouri-Poonch belt at New Delhi today, an official spokesman said here this evening. During the meeting, the Minister presented a 50-page memorandum about the overall tourism potential of Rajouri-Poonch area which is surrounded by lush-green mountains. He said the region of seven lakes starts from the top of Bharamgala (Chai) mountain and it goes up to Raviwali Dhok which is touching the last corner of Budhal Tehsil. The region is situated at about 10,000-15000 feet above sea level. The lakes include Nandansar, Chandansar, Sukhsar, Baghsar, Akaldakshni, Neelsar and Gumsar. The Minister said if these lakes are brought into the tourism circuit of the State, it will open new vistas for economic empowerment of the region. He sought a special package from the Government of India on the issue. He said the J&K has already taken up the issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi onDecember 2 last year who assured all possible help. Raising the issue of Pilgrimage Tourism, the Minister demanded Union Government to start Pilgrimage Tourist Circuit in the region to provide better connectivity for religious shrines of Rajouri Poonch districts. He said Rajouri and Poonch are having revered religious places of all communities and tourists can be diverted from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra Katra and Shiv Khori towards Mangla Mata Shrine and very famous Budha marnath Shrine at Mandi Poonch. He said they can also divert pilgrims visiting shrines in Kashmir towards famous Ziyarat of Hazrat Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah at Shahdra Sharief, Rajouri, Baba Miran Sain Baksh Sahib, Poonch and Peer Chooty Shah Ziyarat at Mendher.
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