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Complete stalled projects to boost Jammu tourism: Inderjeet

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JAMMU: Accusing the state government for stalling the execution of work on ongoing Jammu projects, President All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association, Inderjeet Khajuria said that government under the garb of Assembly election is intentionally delaying the completion of under construction projects, whereas there is no such provision in Indian Constitution to stall the work of ongoing projects during election.
Addressing the members, the president expressed his displeasure and urged the state government to devote exclusive attention on the execution and completion of Jammu mega projects which are heart line of otherwise dwindling tourism and trade industry of Jammu due to multiple factors including rail-link extension to Katra, diversion of all long route buses from Kunjwani, banning entry of tourists’ vehicles in Jammu city, unnecessary police Nakas and poor promotion of Jammu tourism at national level.
Commissioning of artificial lake project at Jammu Tawi River has already crossed two deadlines and after the recent flash floods there has been no activity on the project. Similarly, work on cable-car project has not seen any progress after its inauguration and the work on Mubarak Mandi heritage complex has also been lingering. It seems that some elements sitting in government are trying to confine the tourism of Jammu city to Shri Raghunath temple only with no further tourist attraction for visiting tourists.Mentioning about Hari Singh Park, Khajuria said that the park was inaugurated by Ghulam Nabi Azad the then Union Minister on the right bank of Jammu Tawi adjoining Tawi lake project with an area of 37 kanals has turned into no man’s land attracting stray animals, gamblers and miscreants. He demanded that this park should be upgraded on the pattern of Dal Lake in Kashmir valley.Khajuria also criticised the government for alloting eight kanals of State land to a private party for constructing a hotel. He said that with the construction of Hotel, the reclaimed Tawi bed will destabilise the whole adjoining land. Others who were present in the meeting included Pawan Gupta, Baldev Raj, Bikram Singh, Gurdarshan Singh, Sunil Suri and M.L Sharma.

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