Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Home, R&B, MED, H&UDD, Tourism and Culture, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today laid foundation stones of Welcome Gates at Malipeth and Bus stand Kishtwar. These Gates are to be constructed by Kishtwar Development Authority to give facelift to bus stand.While speaking on the occasion, Kichloo reiterated the commitment to develop Kishtwar district as a world class tourist destination and said that three mega tourist circuits will be developed soon with massive increase in Tourism infrastructure. The Kishtwar-Sinthan Top Tourist Circuit amounting to Rs 7.26 Crores involves 36 components. Similarly large scale tourism infrastructure with best quality will be created under Kishtwar-Gulabgarh-Machail Tourist Circuit estimated at a cost of 7.69 crores and Shalimar-Malipeth-Tatta Pani Tourist Circuit costing Rs 7.69 crores. This will give huge impetus to tourism sector in the district and create large scale opportunities in hotel, trade, entrepreneurship and other tourism related activities thus generating huge employment opportunities for the unemployed youth.
The minister said that Kishtwar has a lot of tourism potential and the government has visualized connecting these tourist destinations with roads to create tourist facilities at such places. He announced that soon road for Kalamsatar point will also be constructed.On the occasion Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Mohd Javed Khan assured the public that the district administration will ensure best quality of works in all the projects. SSP Kishtwar Sanjay Kotwal, ADDC Kishtwar A S Chib, Chief Executive Officer KDA, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, ACR Sudershan Salaria, Tehsildar Kishtwar Phulail Singh and various other district officers were present in the function.
Kichloo also visited District Hospital Kishtwar and took stock of functioning of the hospital. Accompanied by DC Kishtwar and Superintendent District Hospital, the minister inspected each and every ward of the hospital and enquired about various facilities and treatment quality from the patients and their attendants.
Superintendent DH Dr Pervaiz apprised the minister about the various initiatives undertaken by the Hospital Authorities for the well being of patients. Mr Kichloo gave important instructions regarding hospital functioning and upliftment of infrastructure.After this the minister inaugurated a Grand Musical Show and Comedy organized by J&K Academy for Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with the District Administration Kishtwar at ITI ground Kishtwar. A part of Independence Day celebrations, the programme witnessed huge audience. The artists mesmerized the audience with their performances in the event. Kishtwari, Kashmiri, Urdu and Hindi songs and gazals remained centre of attraction of the show. The minister appreciated the artists for their wonderful performances and said that such events not only connect us with our rich cultural heritage but also cement the bond between different communities and create harmony and peace in the society. (KNS)