|SRINAGAR, Dec 4: Chief minister, Omar Abdullah, today said his government is making every effort to remove the fears in the minds of tourists regarding situation in Kashmir.|
“Our efforts are aimed at encouraging the tourists from all over the world to visit Kashmir,”he said while talking to media persons at the sidelines of a function organized to flag off the cycling event ‘Tour-de-India’ at Dal Lake shore.
“We have succeeded in our efforts to some extent and our work in this direction is continuous,” chief minister said adding that the removal of travel advisories by Germany and Japan and now modification in its travel advisory by Britain is highly encouraging and certain to give further boost to tourism in the state.
Omar said the government wants to showcase state’s beauty and potential of sports and adventure tourism in a renewed and befitting perspective.
Omar said that the potential of adventure tourism like skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, trekking, competitive and recreational cycling etc need to be showcased widely to rope in tourists having interest in these fields. He said various events of adventure and sports tourism are being organised in the state on regular intervals to provide opportunities to the lovers of adventure tourism and sports to visit the state and participate in these events.
Expressing pleasure over the holding of ‘Tour-de-India’ cycling event in Srinagar, chief minister stated that this has placed Jammu and Kashmir on cycling map of the country adding that holding of this event would also attract young generation to participate in cycling competitions and also make cycling a recreational activity.
Flagging off the event, Omar said that cycling is gaining popularity as a sport in the country and from a mere tradition it is fast developing into a sport activity rather than necessity. He hoped that the younger generation in the state will adopt cycling not only for keeping their body fit but also taking part in national and international cycling events.
Omar said the participation of cyclists from various parts of India and oversees countries is highly encouraging. He asked the organizers to make this landmark event a regular annual feature to make cycling more and more popular among young generation. He said that the participation of cyclists from oversees in the event will develop confidence of situation in them they feel in the state at present and this would in turn results in visit of lovers of beauty and adventure to the state besides conventional tourists.
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News Updated at : Tuesday, December 4, 2012