The Director Tourism, Farooq Ahmed Shah Monday visited Peerzoo Island and took stock of the facilities available there for the visitors.
In a statement to KNS, he said Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir will start the service of Jhelum River Cruise from tomorrow which will carry 16 passengers at a time.
He said that the service will start at three points which include Lal Ded Memorial Centre, Khanqah Moulla and Hazrat Bulbul Shah (RA). He said tourist guides would also be available there for guiding the tourists. The cruise service would be available from 10 am to 5 pm daily and per head Rs 300 would be charged.
Shah said that Tourism sector is backbone of the state’s economy and the government is working hard to put in place an effective mechanism that will boost the tourism infrastructure in the state besides, providing all facilities to the tourists during their tour in the state.
A man was shot dead today by unidentified gunmen at Zakoora, Hazratbal area of Srinagar.
According to preliminary reports, Abdul Ahad Dar, son of Abdul Gaffar Dar, resident of Gasoo Astan Mohalla, was shot at head. The doctors at the SKIMS declared him brought dead.
The High Court Bar Association of Kashmir today opposed the state government’s plan of setting aside 50 acres of land to construct a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits.
The Bar argued that such a move would create a wedge between the returning migrants and the locals.
“By rehabilitating the Kashmiri Pandits in those colonies, a wedge would be created between the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims and it will also create hatred and disharmony amongst them,” PTI quoted the association saying.
The Bar opposed the move, saying that the Kashmiri Pandits are a part of Kashmiri culture and are at liberty to live anywhere, but not in colonies to be established for them by the government.
“It is for the Kashmiri Pandits to return or not to return to Kashmir, and the government has no role in forcing or facilitating their return and settlement in the colonies, to be exclusively meant for them. Settlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in these colonies will have social and political ramifications,” it added.
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