SRINAGAR: After almost about a year, Jammu and
will open up the valley to tourists, but they have to strictly follow the Covid-19 regulations laid down by the
Union home ministry
The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu. Substantial losses suffered for about a year by Kashmiris connected with the tourism sector led to the decision, an official said.
“J&K to reopen for tourism soon. Govt to issue detailed guidelines and SoP shortly. LG issues directions in high level meeting in
today,” Rohit Kansal, J&K spokesperson and principal secretary, tweeted late on Monday night.
Kashmir’s tourism sector received its worst-ever jolt in August last year from the home ministry’s advisory to domestic and foreign tourists to leave the valley during the run-up to the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution and re-organization of the erstwhile state. In March this year, the sector was battered once again by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Mustaq Ahmad Chaya , chairman of J&K Hoteliers Club, the tourism sector of the Union territory of J&K has suffered a loss over Rs.10,000 crore since August last year.
LG’s advisor Baseer Khan said, “All parks and gardens in Jammu and Kashmir will reopen from tomorrow [Wednesday].”
Nazir Ahmad Guru, who ferries tourists in his shikara (boat) in
, was thrilled on hearing the news. “The shutdown since last August has taken the bread and butter from our fraternity. We hope now that everything comes to normal and provides us our means of living,” he said.