Governor inaugurates Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival

Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurating Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium on Sunday. — Excelsior / Basharat Ladakhi
Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurating Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium on Sunday. — Excelsior / Basharat Ladakhi

Several delegations call on Malik, project demands
*Announces 2 degree colleges for Kargil

Excelsior Correspondent

KARGIL, July 21: Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival-2019 at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium here today.
Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC, Kargil, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member Parliament, Er Phunsog Tashi, Syed Mujtaba, Syed Abbass Razvi, Muhammad Ali Chandan- Executive Councillors, Maj. Gen Sanjeev Dogra, GOC 8 Mountain Division, Prasanna Ramaswamy G, Additional Secretary, Tourism, Baseer ul Haq Choudhary, Deputy Commis-sioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Dr Vinod Kumar, Superintendent of Police Kargil, Nissar Ahmed Wani, Director Tourism Kashmir, Councillors of LAHDC Kargil were present among other dignitaries on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor observed that the twin districts of Kargil and Leh of Ladakh Division have huge tourism potential and emphasized on organizing more events like the Tourism Festival to promote the diverse tourism opportunities available in the region.
Governor said that the expansion work of Kargil Airport for which Rs 200 crores have already been sanctioned will be taken up soon.
This will not only provide round the year connectivity but also give a new dimension to the tourism sector in the region, he added.
Governor said that the State Administration is committed for the holistic development of Ladakh division and concrete measures are underway to pursue this goal. Government is taking strict measures to bring transparency in the system and removing various bottlenecks in the path of progress and development, he added.
Governor, on the occasion, announced the establishment of two degree colleges for Kargil district including a Women’s Degree College. He said that a 2500 MW solar power project will be starting soon to augment power sector in Kargil.
Feroz Ahmad Khan, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC, Kargil projected several demands and sought the intervention of the Governor for their early redressal including establishment of women’s police station and IRP Battalion in the district, early start of work on Zojila Tunnel and release of the pending dues of casual labourers.
Various multicultural music and dance performances were presented by the artists of the Purgi, Balti and Shina Dardi ethnic tribes and a polo exhibition match was also organized to mark the occasion.
Baseer ul Haq Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil gave the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, several delegations and individuals called on Governor apprised him about their issues and demands.
Around 16 delegations including All Zanskar Coordination Committee, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), Bar Association Kargil, Anjuman Jamiat-ul-Ulama Isna Ashria Kargil, Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) Kargil, Anjuman e Sahab Zaman Sankoo Suru, Ladakh Buddhist Assoc-iation Kargil Unit, Students Educa-tional Movement of Kargil (Ladakh) and other religious, political and social organizations projected their issues and developmental concerns and sought their redressal.
The deputations put forth their demands for grant of district status to Zanskar, delimitation of Zanskar Assembly Constituency, speedy construction of Nimo-Padum-Darcha Road, early completion of works on the 200 bedded hospital at Kurbathang, opening of Kargil- Skardu road, establishment of multispecialty hospital, establishment of public libraries in various blocks, revival of adventure tourism activities and development of winter sports in the district.
Other demands raised by the delegations included delimitation of LAHDC Kargil constituencies, tourism development package for upliftment of Buddhist monuments, grant of district status and Assembly segment to Drass, construction of Panikhar-Pahalgam-Kishtwar, Hanu-Turtuk and Drass-Tilel-Gurez-Bandipora roads, preservation of the colossal Buddha statues, sanctioning of Special Duty Allowance (SDA) in favour of employees working in Ladakh Division , establishment of Consumer Court in district and early start of work on the construction of Court Complex at Kurbathang Kargil.
Governor gave a patient hearing to all the issues put forth by the delegations and assured them due examination of their demands.