Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said on Sunday that sustained efforts were underway to make Jammu division a major pilgrimage tourist destination.
Necessary mechanism has been put in place to upgrade the infrastructure besides creating awareness about it in the rest of the country, Singh said after inaugurating Mathwar festival at Akhnoor here.
“Akhnoor area is of great historical and cultural importance in the whole of Indian sub-continent and we have already set in process a mechanism that would not only preserve its historicity but also ensure development on modern lines especially in tourism and other related sectors,” he said.
He added that the prime minister’s development package envisions holistic development of tourism and focus is on ensuring that the Jammu division comes up as a major destination of pilgrimage tourism.
Efforts are on to bring unexplored areas on the tourism map, he said.
Vice Chairman Kissan welfare Board, D. S. Chib, social activist Mamta Singh, prominent citizens of the area and senior officers of various departments were also present on the occasion.
“This would also go a long way in promotion the overall tourism in the Jammu division, which would in turn give a fillip to the economy of the areas by way of generating the necessary job opportunities to the people related with tourist activities as well as the youth”, he maintained.
Singh also inspected the pace of work on the Maharaja Hari Singh Park here which is being developed on the Tawi river banks.
Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development K.B Agarwal, VC JDA and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
While interacting with the officers, the Deputy Chief Minister said that it is one of the prestigious projects being undertaken in Jammu and we have to ensure that it is completed within the stipulated time lines.