RAMBAN, May 16: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma today visited Patnitop area and reviewed the development of Patnitop, Batote, Sanasar tourist circuit at a meeting with the concerned officers .
The Government has proposed to develop Patnitop and adjoining areas as tourist hub as well as medical destination.
The meeting reviewed the performance of Patnitop Development Authority (PDA), JKTDC and Tourism Department.
Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat along with senior officers of the concerned departments including ACR, Harbans Sharma, Xens of PDD, PWD and PMGSY, Youth Services and Sports Officer and Officers of PDA, Tourism Department and JKTDC attended the meeting.
The main issues discussed in the meeting included maintenance of existing roads and early completion of ongoing projects, construction of a Sports Stadium, Wellness Centre, Park, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, underground power cable project, cable car project from Batote to Baghlihar and widening of Batote-Baghlihar road.
The Div Com directed PWD to prepare a comprehensive road connectivity project for Patnitop, Sanasar Nathatop and Batote area for attracting tourists. He asked the DC Ramban to explore the possibility for the construction of International Sports Stadium at Sanasar on proposed land and DYSSO was directed to visit alongwith the team of Sports Council of India for the purpose.
He further directed to establish a land bank for developing infrastructure including Wellness Centre, Parks, Sports Stadium. Floriculture Department was asked to prepare a DPR to develop a park at Sanasar whereas AD Tourism was directed to submit an inventory of accommodation at Patnitop, Sanasar and Batote besides preparing its maintenance proposal.
On the issue of power and water supply to higher reaches of the area and tourism spots, the Div Com asked the DC Ramban to hold a meeting with the concerned officers to create additional infrastructure to address the issues.
He directed the Tourism Department to handover the control of street lights to Municipal Committee Batote for ensuring proper functioning of lights.