JAMMU, June 16: The Member Parliament (MP) Jammu Poonch Constituency Madan Lal Sharma today inaugurated newly constructed shelter shed at Yatri- Niwas Bhagwati Nagar – the Jammu base camp for Amarnath Yatra, and also inspected the arrangements made by the local administration for comfortable stay of the yatris during the upcoming pilgrimage to cave shrine in South Kashmir.
He instructed all the allied departments involved with Yatra arrangements to ensure best possible facilities to make the pilgrimage a pleasant experience for the devotees.
Interacting with officers and representatives of various social organizations after inaugurating the shelter shed completed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh under MP LAD Scheme, he said in view of ensuing yatra from 25 June, 2012, all the concerned departments should gear up their men and machinery to make all arrangements well in time.
He enjoined upon the officers and social organizations to ensure that the pilgrims would be provided every type of assistance. He particularly stressed upon maintaining cleanliness around the camp area and toilets and bathrooms of Yatri niwas round the clock. He also stressed for landscaping and beautification of surroundings of Yatri Niwas.
The MP hoped that the hoteliers and transporters, including the cab operators would cooperate with the Government by charging genuine and Government fixed rates for their services. He said the visiting devotees should leave with pleasant memories of hospitality they received here and tell about the same to their people back at their home states. He said this would greatly help in promotion of tourism in the State. In this regard, he sought the cooperation of unions of Hoteliers, Taxi operators and other stakeholders in the tourism trade.
He said that the Government was committed to develop tourist potential areas in Jammu region by creating necessary tourism related infrastructure facilities so that tourists visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji Shrine could be diverted to these natural spots to boost tourism industry in the region. For the purpose, he said that various pilgrim destination of the Jammu division would be developed and projected as heritage religious sites to promote pilgrim tourism.