He said that the is need to identify the carrying capacity of tourism inflow in the region and it is important to build adequate tourism infrastructure. He asked the people of the area to build paying guest houses, hotels, restaurants, dhabas, and related infrastructure with advanced facilities in the area so that adequate accommodation besides other related facilities could be made available to the tourists and said that there is need to develop tourism destinations on European pattern.
He said tourism is the fastest growing and promising sector in the world and Jammu and Kashmir has been the most favored tourist destination of international/ national visitors. He said to divert the tourists towards erstwhile District Doda we need to attract them towards our unexplored destinations and such type of festivals help a lot in bringing more and more visitors to the region, which directly helps in strengthening tourism sector and economic conditions of state.
Azad said Bhaderwah is world famous for its pilgrimage sites, and it is the right time to explore the pilgrimage tourism potential of the region and said short term, medium term and long term development projects related to tourism development in the erstwhile District Doda have been started.
Azad said to develop Herbal Tourism in the area a programme was initiated under AYUSH scheme for which a Herbal Garden was established at Drudhoo Bhaderwah where Medicinal/ Aromatic plants were planted to ascertain the development of different species of medicinal plants in the region. He said the programme was successful as the Herbal Garden has started producing Herbal Medicinal products like Lavender Oil. He said now the seeds of these Medicinal plants will be distributed among the farming community for large scale production of Herbal Medicines which directly benefits the people and boosts the socio-economic condition of the region.
Azad also inspected under construction Sub- District Hospital Bhaderwah which is being constructed by JKPCC at an estimated cost of Rs. 24.65 crore. He directed the concerned executing agency to speed up the remaining finishing work of the hospital so that poor people get the best medicare facility in the area.Later Azad laid foundation stone of community hall at Bhaderwah which will be constructed out of MPLAD Fund at an estimated cost of Rs. 186.5 lacs.
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