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| Home Ministry sanctioned Rs 40 crore for developing tourists spots in J&K |
This year around 11 lakh tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir, making it the best tourist season in many years. Seeing the record number of tourist in the state home ministry has sanctioned over Rs. 40 crore for developing tourists spots in the state.
The ministry has sanctioned money for the projects in the current financial year under the Prime Minister's reconstruction plan for J&K, in which Rs.271 crore is envisioned for improving the state's tourist infrastructure.
A deadline of March 2012 has been fixed for the completion of the ambitious Rs.298 crore Dal Lake conservation project. As of now, the sewage treatment and restoration work at Dal Lake, which is being executed by the J&K lakes and waterways authority, is only 61% complete.
The government feels if tourist destinations other than Srinagar and Leh are properly developed and promoted, tourist figures can rise further.
The ministry has sanctioned Rs.4.15 crore for the preservation and beautification of historical monuments and wayside facilities in Kargil.Similarly, Rs.3.14 crore has been sanctioned for the 16th century Poonch Fort. While the attractive Sonmarg bowl will see an infusion of Rs.4.43 crore for its development. The maximum investment this year in terms of money is for Leh, where nearly Rs.25 crore will be spent to spruce up tourist