SRINAGAR, Apr 26: Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) has expressed its dismay over the Government’s decision to suspend the vehicular traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6 due to the shifting of the Civil Secretariat offices to Srinagar.
In a statement, KHAROF President, Faiz Bakshi said that the decision would hit the tourism sector on these days adding that the tourists would be pushed to un-imaginable hardships as well. He said the tourists have already finalized their itinerary by carrying out the Railway reservations and hotel reservations for their onward destinations.
“The closure of National Highway is un-necessary and it sends a wrong signal outside the State. At a time when Kashmir is experiencing a good flow of tourists in view of the improved situation and as a result of huge promotional campaign by the Government and tourism stake-holders to attract more tourists to Kashmir, the restrictions on the movement of vehicles has upset hotel industry, travel trade and tourists who are supposed to travel by road,” Mr Faiz said.