STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce and Department of Tourism, Navin Kumar Choudhary on Friday took stock of tourism sector in Bhaderwah and Kishtwar areas of J&K in a review meeting held here with the officers of Bhaderwah and Kishtwar Development Authorities besides officers of the Tourism department. Director Tourism Jammu, Deepika Kumari; Director Planning (Tourism), Lateef Poswal; Director Finance, Parvaiz Ahmad Kakroo, Chief Executive Officer Bhaderwah Development Authority, Rajinder Kumar Khajuria; Chief Executive Officer Kishtwar Development Authority, Pawan Parihar; Deputy Secretary Tourism, Navdeep Wazir and other officers of the tourism department were present in the meeting. Navin directed the officers to look for the ways and means to fully exploit tourism potential of these areas blessed with abundant tourism potential. He stressed on exploring possibility of developing hydropower projects of the area into major tourism attractions. He directed the officers to create subsidiary amenities there in consultation with the authorities for tourists thronging the spots. Principal Secretary asked the officers to create facilities for water sports in the area with due consideration to all safety measures before initiating any such activity there. He also asked for preparing proposal of creating wayside facilities including separate washrooms at regular distances on roads leading to these tourism destinations. Navin asked the officers to bring the rent of tourism outlets of these areas in sync with the prevailing market rates after consultation with all the stakeholders.
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