The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir today urged the concerned officers to make a joint effort to develop Kupwara District as a tourist destination.
The DDC said this during a meeting of concerned officers convened here to consider arrangements for the Bangus Valley Festival and other measures to develop tourist destinations in Kupwara district.
The meeting took place in fragile discussions and the agents informed the SDC of the measures taken for the development of the tourist sector in the district.
The DDC gave an overview of the tourism potential of the district and asked the officers to ensure concerted and joint efforts to develop the tourist destinations of Kupwara, adding that nature has bestowed the Kupwara district with scenic beauty, lush green forests and crystal clear bodies of water.
The meeting reviewed the report of actions taken on the decisions/instructions conveyed by the Lieutenant Governor during his visit to the Bangus Valley last year.
The DDC asked the agents to create facilities for a one-day picnic in Bangus. He ordered officers to outsource waste collection, use signage with good messages, install bins, solar lights in prominent places in Bangus. He also advised for holding sports and athletic activities including horse riding, tug of war, hill cycling, running, volleyball and Kabaddi tournament.
He asked officers to ensure that any development in Bangus is environmentally friendly and said the beauty of Bangus is in our hands and all stakeholders should cooperate in its upkeep. He ordered the officers to develop Drangyari as a gateway to Bangus and to develop an eco-park there. He called for the development of the three roads leading to Bangus to provide equal livelihood opportunities for the local population.
The DDC said Kupwara has various other destinations including the Lolab Valley which also has great potential for tourism development. He instructed officers to create visitor facilities and renovate rest houses in Chandigam, Reshwari, TP and other places, as well as increase water and electricity facilities there.
Reviewing the sanitation and cleanliness of Kupwara town and surrounding areas, the DDC ordered those concerned to remove all garbage and plastic waste from the river banks and roadsides and make Kupwara town free of plastic waste.
ADC Kupwara who is also CEO, Lolab-Bangus-Drangyari Development Authority (LBDDA), Ghulam Nabi Bhat; JD Planning, ACD, ACP, DFOs, DIO AD Tourism, AD Planning, Executive Engineers, BEACON authorities and other concerned were present at the meeting.