Charar-e-Shareef– Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Tuesday said that this year so far 1.27 Crore tourists have visited the UT and the number is all set to cross previous year’s record.

Addressing a gathering here on Tuesday, the LG said that a peaceful atmosphere is prevailing in Kashmir as business remains on throughout the year and schools and colleges are functioning normally.

“I keep on saying always that nothing is possible without peace. No development is possible unless peace is established. There was a time when a shikara owner, a hotel owner and a common auto-rickshaw owner would suffer a lot due to uncertainty. We have come out of that phase,” the LG said.

‘”This year so far 1.27 crore tourists have visited J&K and the figure is much higher than last year. We hope to see record breaking tourist arrivals by the year end” he added

He said when a large number of tourists have started frequenting Kashmir, it was the prime duty or the administration to ensure quality infrastructure.

“We are setting up tourist infrastructure everywhere in the UT to give best facilities to our guests,” he said, adding “When large number of guests would keep date with Kashmir, our local shopkeeper, taxi driver, hotel and shikara owner will earn and at the end, our economy will improve.”

He said that Kashmir University’s full-fledged Centre will come up at Budgam district and he will discuss the issue with the Vice-Chancellor KU shortly. About the district hospital in Budgam, he said that the hospital will offer all major facilities to people.

“I will not make claims of something that can’t happen. I won’t make hollow promises so that if someone will replace me and will claim this was promised but didn’t happen,” he said.

The LG said that so far, 30,000 youth got jobs and all were selected through transparent manner. “Recruitment process will once again start from September this year,” he said.


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