Renovation of springs in Kashmir under PM’s Special Package

Minister for Education Nayeem Akhtar

Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today informed the House that Kund Vasak Nag in Devsar has been developed at a cost of Rs 66.68 Lakh under Rural Tourism Scheme.

Replying to a question by Mr Muhammad Amin Bhat, the Minister said that Rs 48.53 lakh have been incurred for the hardware component and Rs 18.15 lakh for software component for the development of Kund Vasak Nag. He said that the project stands completed by way of construction of cafeteria and beautification of spring etc.

The Minister said that under State Plan, the Tourism Department has also created some tourist related infrastructure in Devsar, which includes development of Imam Bara at Wanigam and development of Ziarat Sharief Kallam.

He said that under Prime Minister’s Special Package, the Tourism Department has proposed to take up the project ‘Renovation of Springs in Kashmir Division’ under which Chashmar, Pansarath Naag in Devsar constituency will also be included, subject to the approval of DPR by the Union Ministry of Tourism and availability of resources.

In reply to another question by Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, the Minister said that presently there is no proposal for development of Tulip Garden at Margan Stone Valley or Sinthan Top. The Minister however said that the suggestion of developing Tulip Gardens in scenic spots like Kokernag would be considered by the Tourism Department as the same has a potential to attract more tourists.