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LG expects over 2 crore tourists to visit J&K this year

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Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said he expected more than two crore tourists to visit Jammu and Kashmir this year, breaking the all-time record for arrival of tourists in the Union Territory set last year.

“More than 300 film shoots were done here last year and this year, we will break that record as well. Our problem is that we compete against our own records. Last year 1.88 crore tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir and I expected more than two crore tourists to visit this year. We will establish new records and break them,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Lays foundation stone of Kashmir Medical College & Super-Speciality Hospital
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Kashmir Medical College and Super-Speciality Hospital being developed by Milli Trust, Delhi, at the Industrial Estate Sempora, Medicity, Srinagar.
Addressing the gathering at the ground breaking ceremony, the Lt Governor said the project is one of the biggest private sector investments in health sector of UT that will improve efficiency and quality of care.
“It is a new era for private investments in J&K UT and testimony to PM Narendra Modi’s commitment to make J&K UT a leading investment destination for manufacturing and service sector,” said the Lt Governor. The project worth Rs. 525 Cr will develop Medical College with 150 MBBS seats to fulfil the aspirations of youth and 100 bedded hospital will provide world-class healthcare at affordable rates. The project will provide employment opportunity to 2000 local youth.
We have created an enabling environment for private sector for economic development, employment and income generation. The administration is deeply and sincerely committed to ease of doing business and ease of living, said the Lt Governor. The Lt Governor also shared the details of infrastructure being developed in the UT
The Lt Governor said that Rs 1.25 lakh crores worth road and highway projects are being completed in the Union Territory and we have also created the necessary institutional structures for investment.
The journey from Katra to Delhi will be possible in 6 hours with the completion of new Katra-Delhi expressway while the journey from Kashmir to Delhi will take only 9 hours, he added.
The Lt Governor further said that world highest iconic rail bridge has been completed that will provide connectivity between Kashmir to Kanyakumari by the end of this year. With regards to Air connectivity, 126 flights shall be operational from May 2, he added.
The Lt Governor said J&K UT is way ahead of national average on several health parameters. We have two AIIMS, 9 Medical Colleges. J&K also leads in per person spending on healthcare facilities. Every family in the UT is covered under Ayushmaan Sehat. We are making sincere efforts to transform Jammu Kashmir into a prime destination for medical tourism, he added.
The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for unparalleled growth of J&K UT.
The transformation of J&K UT is a classic example of what good governance with a focus on inclusive development can achieve in a short period of time, he added.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Fayaz Ahmad, Chairman Milli Trust, and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

Sinha was interacting with reporters after laying the foundation stone of first of its kind private hospital and medical college in Kashmir.
“There are many hospitals and medical colleges in public sector but I think in the private sector, there was no hospital or medical college of this size. Today that vacuum has been filled and I congratulate them for setting up 1000 bed hospital and 150 seat Medical college,” Sinh said.
The LG said with this venture coming up in Kashmir, the local students will not have to go to other states and countries to study medicine.
“Our students go to other states and countries to study medicine. Now they can study here. It is an effort towards a new beginning. When investments will increase continuously, it will create more employment opportunities and we can take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress and development,” he added.

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