Kashmir expects a better tourist season this summer

Published on : Monday, March 22, 2021

This summer, Kashmir is also anticipating for a decent tourist season, after experiencing more than half a decade of downward trend in tourist footfall. Pahalgam still continues without a Tourist Reception Centre, six years after the old TRC was devastated by a massive blaze.

A massive blaze in the main market of Pahalgam in 2014, here in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, decreased the Tourist Reception Centre to ruins along with some adjoining hotels.

Just after the incident, Mufti Muhamad Sayeed, the then Chief Minister, asked the officials to look for another space to build a new TRC.

Also, Mufti had explained that the old TRC was built in such a way that it blocked the view of the mountains from Pahalgam market and was not quite big enough to accommodate a higher number of tourists.

Since that mishap happened, six years have passed and nothing whatsoever has been done in regard to this. “Neither a new piece of land has been identified not has there been any headway into reconstructing the old one,” a source in the Tourism department said.

He explained that the new piece of land was to be identified by the Revenue department. After that the construction would have been allotted to some agency. “But there has been no effort by either the Revenue department or the Tourism department to take matters further in this regard,” the source said.

There was a sitting area, a cloakroom, and a washroom block in the old TRC where tourists could take rest while they collected information on their travel from the authorities.

From a hut in Nunwan area, the Tourism department is running its office for six years and a kiosk has been built at the site of the old TRC, where information is provided to the tourists.

“Unfortunately, there has been no headway into reconstruction of the TRC,” Assistant Director Tourism, Bilal Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader. “While we have a kiosk which serves as an information centre, the TRC is not all about it. There should be other facilities at a TRC, where tourists can relax and feel at ease,” Ahmad said.

The owners of hotels and other tourist players in Pahalgam also mourn about the indifference of the authorities. “What kind of a “world famous tourist resort” does not have a TRC? What impression are we giving to the tourists who arrive here?” asked a hotelier in Pahalgam.

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