Govt to explore new trekking spots to attract foreign tourists

Minister of State for Tourism Ms Priya Sethi

Minister of State for Tourism Ms Priya Sethi today said that efforts are being made to attract foreign and domestic tourists to undertake trekking at different spots in the state.

Responding to a question by Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, the Minister said Sinthan Top, Lehanwan, Margam, Girsar, Drobamarg, Poshbagh, Mawarnag, Gangsar, Hokhsar, Hajibal, Choraranag and Pannasd are already on the trekking map of Kashmir valley and the Department is promoting these spots to attract more tourists.

The Minister said that Kokernag has a huge potential for the development of adventure sports and trekking is being promoted there by organizing different trekking programs in collaboration with prominent trekking clubs.

She informed the House that Kokernag Development Authority is annually being funded under State plan to the extent of Rs 2.25 crore for development of infrastructure. She said that the Authority has already constructed TRC, Trekkers Hut, Pony Sheds and Shelter Sheds at Margan Top and has also constructed huts and parks at Kokernag, Acchabal and Daksum.

She further stated that seven projects have been sanctioned by Central Government at a total cost of Rs 21.93 crore, out of which four projects have been completed and remaining are at various stages of execution for strengthening the infrastructure at Kokernag and its jurisdiction.