LG Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on second day of G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar while addressing the delegates said that through this empowered gathering, I invite the world to Jammu Kashmir. Give us a chance to host you and, for you, to know us. Come, enjoy and rejuvenate yourself.
The majestic peaks, crystal-clear lakes and serene green landscape of Jammu Kashmir is more than a tourism destination. It is a poetry. It's a land of realisation. It is an energy field vibrating with the ageless Indian cultural values, LG said while addressing the delegates.
Tourism sector in Jammu Kashmir has been accorded the status of Industry and all fiscal incentives as per our Industrial Policy and I can tell you, we are receiving massive investment proposals from the Industries in Hospitality sector, he added.
We have identified 300 new destinations to promote green tourism, small & medium enterprises, youth and women entrepreneurs and involve local communities to support the sustainable tourism.
Numbers are adding to the narrative. Last year, a record number of 18 million tourists visited Jammu Kashmir and, in the last year tourism sector made 7% contribution to Jammu Kashmir GDP. Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Jammu Kashmir will soon find its place in the top 50 destinations in the world and it will be on the travel bucket list of global travellers, LG added.
Our speed to execute infrastructure projects has gone up almost 10 times. In the last financial year, we have completed 92,560 projects.This achievement is a testimony to our resolve of peace and prosperity and making all our citizens equal partners in this journey of growth. Grassroots democracy has been strengthened; new industries are coming up, rapid agricultural growth is making our villages prosperous, infrastructure development is progressing rapidly and our emphasis on technology is transforming Jammu Kashmir into a digital society, said LG.
Dr. Jitendra Singh Union MoS Science & Tech while addressing G20 TWG meeting said that the development of J&K can be gauged from the fact that the world's highest railway bridge here is higher than the Eiffel tower.