STATE TIMES NEWS KATRA: A delegating of Hotel & Restaurant Association, Katra (HRAK) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry ,Jammu Region (PHDCCI) led by President HRAK and Co-Chairman PHDCCI Rakesh Wazir and accompanied by HRAK Chairman Shyam Lal Kesar, Former President Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sr. Vice President HRAK and Katra Head PHDCCI Virender Kesar, Gen. Secretary HRAK Kuldeep Dubey ,Secretary Sudershan Sharma called on new Deputy Commissioner, Reasi and Vice Chairman Shiv Khori Shrine Board Indu Kanwal Chib and besides complimenting her for assuming this post emphasised her that Shiv Khori is such a place in our state which besides Vaishno Devi has got the potential of attracting 50 lac pilgrims within 2-3 years even, provided better management of the Yatra with best services to the pilgrims are provided and since she is Vice Chairman of this Shrine as well thus hope early start of steps like Helicopter Service between Katra to Shiv Khori and back,early start of Rope way at Shiv Khori,installation of Shiv Khori Boards enroute Katra to Bhawan and the hoardings from Jammu to Katra ,Udhampur to Katra etc. be implemented immediately. Wazir while speaking on the occasion emphasised for starting of pre-paid Counters for Autos,Ponies,Pithus and Palki Walas at different points at Katra including Ban Ganga, Bus Stand, Railway Station in real sense and not as formality. He said that thorough check on Traffic Police is required so that they may not harass the Tourists/pilgrims coming to Shiv Khori/ Vaishno Devi. He further said that classes of newly sanctioned Degree college Katra be started from Hr. Secondry School Katra itself till the time the College building is not completed. Kesar while speaking on the occasion said that 10 crore separate water scheme already sanctioned for hotels at Katra be started at the earliest. He emphasized for early completion of road between main Railway Chowk to Nadali via new Bus Stand besides developing the places of pilgrim/Tourist intrest around Katra including Dhansar Baba, Nau Devian, Sear Baba, Sula Park, Devi ki Pindian etc..He said that light and sound show at Reasi Fort already in the pipe line be started at the earliest. Sharma and Dubey while speaking on the occasion said that preparations of Navratra festival be made well in advance which is held every year at Katra on big scale with Deputy Commissioner, Reasi as nodal officer and further said that pending works already sanctioned in different departments be expedieted so that those are completed at the earliest. Indu Kanwal Chib listened the delegation patiently and assured that sympathetic consideration would be made to each and every point referred in the discussion.
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