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JAMMU: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, has lined up a series of activities for the tourism department with a view to upgrade facilities for tourists at Suchetgarh, Baba Chamliyal and other places.Advisor issued these directions while chairing a meeting held with the officers from tourism and Border Security Force (BSF) for promotion of tourism in areas like Suchetgarh, Samba and other places of historical importance.The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Sarmad Hafeez; Inspector General, BSF Jammu, N S Jamwal; DIG, BSF, S S Sekhon; Commandant BSF Ajay Suryavnish, Director Tourism, Jammu Raj Kumar Katoch and other officers.Advisor directed the tourism department to gear up efforts for development of border tourism. He directed them to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of projects after taking inputs from all the stakeholders for the development of tourist spots in Suchetgarh, Baba Chamliyal and other areas in a time bound manner. He said that the DPR shall encompass all the facilities which would attract tourists.Advisor said that Jammu region has tremendous tourist potential as numerous scenic spots dot the landscape. “We need to tap the potential that has remained untapped so far and enhance our facilities for the tourists at Suchetgarh and other places,” he said.Advisor said that Suchetgarh, should come up as a wonderful attraction for tourists. The other places of historical and cultural importance including Baba Chamliyal and Gharana Wetland would be included in tour circuits for promoting tourism in the Union Territory with the twin aim to boost the economy of dwellers of the areas besides increasing attractive landscape for tourist related activities, he added.He said that Gharana wetland in R S Pura will be developed for ‘bird watching’ where a lot of migratory birds visit especially during winters, after obtaining permission from wildlife department. Another point of major attraction for Tourism in the area will be creating selfie points developed by tourism department, he asserted. He said that the inputs received from BSF should be incorporated in the DPR.I G BSF, N S Jamwal, while speaking on the occasion, said that Suchetgarh has vast potential to be developed as a vital tourist destination adding that Baba Chamliyal in Samba along the IB holds a lot of potential for promoting religious tourism.
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