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Kashmir’s beauty enthralls tour operators, filmmakers, media delegates

Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour ends




Gulmarg, Oct 27: The Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour Saturday ended successfully with the delegates enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

Over 70 delegates from different parts of the country including leading travel agents and tour operators, filmmakers, representatives from print and electronic media from different parts of the country were part of the FAM tour.

The delegates were all praise of the Kashmir’s beauty.

Anith Swammy of Time Travel and Tours from Chennai described Kashmir as master of destinations and urged travellers to visit Kashmir for royal hospitality.

“I was hesitant to visit Kashmir earlier. Now I have visited Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg and found everything beautiful and safe. I wish every Indian visits Kashmir and enjoys its beauty,” said Anith.

Chitra Deepa, editor at Hindu newspaper, said Kashmir’s autumn season is beautiful.

“We visited Srinagar and found different hues of trees which is really enchanting. Kashmir is a real paradise to visit,” she said.

Jariwala Abdeali of Universal Travel and Tours from Mumbai said Kashmir is a real heaven on Earth and he would promote the Valley among travellers during all seasons.

Vishvajeet Patil of Raja Rani Travels said Kashmir is absolutely safe for the travellers and there is no need for the tourists to be apprehensive about visiting this place.

“There is no need to go to foreign places. Every beautiful thing is here in Kashmir. The people are also warm and hospitable. I have been selling Kashmir for past many years and all my clients have enjoyed their visits,” said Patil.

The Kashmir FAM Tour was organized in an effort to offset negative perception about Kashmir.

Director tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani said FAM Tour was organized in order to aware the guests how safe Kashmir is and also showcase them local culture, heritage, art and craft.

“We have everything to offer from breathtaking landscape to unique art and craft and sumptuous food. However, there is negative perception among travellers which we want to remove by organising such FAM tours,” said Jeelani.

Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated the 3-day Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarisation) Tour-2018 at the SKICC on October 25, 2018.

On the first day, the delegates visited famous Mughal gardens including Pari Mahal, Chesma Shahi and on the second day the guests were taken to Pahalgam, Aru, Betab Valley, Pahalgam Golf Course and on the third day today, the invitees visited Gulmarg, enjoyed Gondola ride there.

Santoor performance by Master Mohammad Abdullah Tibat Bakal, multilingual song performance by Rashid Jahangir, multi-lingual Folk Dances of the State performed by local artists, on spot Sand Art painting done by Ashok Bhardwaj, Shivali Jamwal and Renu Bala enthralled the audience during the opening ceremony and at musical evening at Pahalgam and Gulmarg.





Govt de-waters 650 metres KHEP tunnel to lay phone cable for Gurez



Bandipora, Dec 11: The Bandipora district administration in collaboration with Hindustan Construction Company dewatered 650 meters long Adit-1 tunnel of Kishenganga Hydro Electric Project (KHEP) only to lay cable through the tunnel to provide mobile connectivity to people living in remote Gurez valley.

Laying of the cable through the KHEP tunnel was the only option to provide connectivity to villages with difficult topography.

Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the work of dewatering started on November 19 and completed on December 09 with workers working round the clock.

Giving details, he said two 100HP dewatering pumps; two 75HP Dewatering Pumps along with 650 meter  pipeline was put in service to dewater the tunnel. “12 technicians, 4 officers and more than a hundred laborers worked round the clock (in shifts) to dewater the tunnel in multistage pumping,” he added.

Dr Choudhary said there was a growing demand from certain habitations of the Gurez valley for mobile connectivity which could not be connected earlier. In October this year the Gurez valley received 4G mobile connectivity for the first time history though certain areas continued to be without mobile connectivity owing to tough terrain and close to the Line of Control (LoC).

Dr Choudhary said the district administration took a risk during winters to dewater the Adit tunnel of KHEP so that it could be used to lay BSNL cable which was the only option  left to connect the habitations of Kanzalwan, Bagtore, Izmarg and adjoinning villages.

An official of the HCC said it was a difficult task to dewater the tunnel that too in chilling cold but the motivation and logistic support by the Deputy Commissioner made the task easier for them as the task was completed in record 21 days. He said the district administration provided about 17000 liters of Diesel to keep the dewatering pumps running  round the clock till the Audit-I tunnel of KHEP could be cleared to   lay the BSNL cable.

Dr Choudhary said the Gurez valley remains cut off from rest of the valley for several months owing to heavy snowfall and due to the absence of mobile connectivity, the problems faced by the people would get aggravated.

He said now the mobile and internet connectivity would provide a much-needed relief and minimize the problems being faced by the local populace. Meanwhile the people living in Gurez have expressed their gratitude to district authorities for helping get mobile and data services to the area.


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SCPS meet: Annual budget for implementation of JJS approved



Jammu, Dec 11: Secretary Social Welfare Department, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Tuesday chaired the third Executive Committee meeting of State Child Protection Society (SCPS) during which annual budget for implementation of Juvenile Justice System was approved.

The meeting took several major decisions, including immediate setting up of Shelter Homes in rented buildings at Jammu and Srinagar till   their own infrastructure is built.

It was informed that the government has already identified land at Jammu for construction of 2 Shelter Homes one each for girls and 1 for boys and the PWD department has prepared the necessary DPRs.

The budget for the year 2018-19 and also the budget proposal for 2019-20 were approved during the meeting. The children homes for boys and girls presently run by the government shall be upgraded and for providing more facilities to inmates. During the next financial year, more Shelter Homes shall come up in other main cities of the State for children-in-need of care and protection.

For providing support to the families which are incapacitated to take care of their children including education shall be provided with Rs 2000 per month financial assistance, even as over 1200 children are covered under the scheme  during the current year. For the next financial year 3000 children shall be benefitted.

Earlier, Mission Director ICPS, G A Sofi, highlighted the initiatives taken by ICPS for child protection and action taken with regard to previous meetings, which was appreciated by the Committee.

The meeting was attended by Director General, Social Welfare Kashmir, Rukhsana Gani, Additional Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Babu Ram, Director Social Welfare Jammu, Dr Bharat Bushan, Mission Director, ICDS, Veer Ji Hangloo, Director JKSWDC, Naheed Soz, Director Finance, Social Welfare Department, Abdul Majeed Bhat and other senior officers of Social Welfare Department and JKSCPS.

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Air Force Courier service to start from Dec 25: CEC Kargil



Kargil Dec 11:- Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan Tuesday announced that AN-32 Air Force Courier services from Kargil to Srinagar and Kargil to Jammu   would start operations from December 25, 2018.

The decision was taken during a review meeting  attended by Executive Councillor for Health Zakir Hussain, Executive Councillor for Social Welfare Aga Syed Mujtaba Mousavi, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Vikas Kundal, Superintendent of Police Dr Vinod Kumar and other concerned officers of the District and Police Administration. Various issues related to the operation of flights were discussed threadbare.

The CEC instructed the concerned officers to ensure that all required arrangements and other modalities are put in place well in time so as to ensure hassle-free operation of the courier services during the winter season.

The CEC directed the DC Kargil to communicate the date for the operation of flights to the office of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and also frame a schedule of flight operation between Kargil to Srinagar and Jammu so as to chalk out further course of action in this regard.

It was given out in the meeting that liaison officers have already been nominated, whom people can contact for booking of tickets and other related matters.

Facilities including the deployment of security personnel, medical team, power and water supply, fire tenders, transportation to the airport besides other necessary arrangements also came up for discussion.

As regards to facilitating passengers at Udhampur and Leh during the operation of IL-76 aircraft, Feroz Khan directed the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Kargil to coordinate with the District and Police Administration of these districts. He also directed the concerned for the establishment of canteen facility for passengers at Kargil Airport.

The CEC directed the concerned authorities to work in tandem and maintain close coordination for smooth operation of the courier service. He also urged upon the concerned agencies to use social networking for better dissemination of information regarding flight timings, rescheduling or cancellations if any on a real-time basis.

Feroz Khan instructed the Liaison Officers to ensure that tickets are issued on first come first serve basis and priority be given to ladies, old aged persons, infants and patients while issuing tickets.

The meeting decided that in case of cancellation of any sortie due to bad weather or any other reason, necessary announcements should be made through electronic media so that the passengers are informed well in time.

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