General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General DP Pandey on Wednesday said that Kashmir has changed for good, despite the forced militancy while the events organized by Army across the valley are witnessing an “enthusiastic crowd”.
Speaking to media men on the side-lines of the Bungus Valley Festival, the GoC said that the Lieutenant Governor has already given the directions and the facilities for commoners in border areas will be made available soon.
“This place (Bungus) is just eight kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) and similarly there are bases in Keran, Tulail, Machil, Tangdhar, and Uri. Festival and other activities will continue to be organised in these areas,” the GoC Pandey said as per a local news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).
He said that the army will provide all the best possible facilities to facilitate the administration to construct mobile towers and provide facilities required for daily usage for the people of border villages.
The GoC termed the visit of the LG Manoj Sinha to Bungus as landmark stating that the event conducted is awesome and it will send a message across.
“There are many other places like Bungus. This Kashmir valley is the safest place for tourists because of the people of Kashmir,” the army officer said. “Similar events are ongoing across Kashmir despite the militancy which is being forced on the people. Kashmir has changed for good,” he said.
He informed that a massive crowd witnessed and enjoyed the two-day-long Bungus festival which depicts the direction of Kashmir today and similar enthusiasm is witnessed at other functions organized by the Army across the valley.
“People must visit Bungus so that native people will get a medium to earn a livelihood,” the army officer said—(KNO)