PANDEMIC AND TOURISM
Since August 5, last year there has been no tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. All the three regions of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir that is Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir have suffered on this front due to heavy clampdown by the central government post abrogation of article 370.
When spring started coming to Kashmir in the month of March 2020, it seemed that life would finally pick up and the government ease the restrictions. But the government continued the curbs on the internet etc. and finally all the doors’ economic revival were closed when the government announced lockdown in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley 8 days before the national lockdown to curb coronavirus infection.
There has been no tourism for almost one year now and thousands of families connected with this trade have suffered a lot and are finding it difficult to survive with their families.
Tourism industry has been a backbone of the Kashmir economy and has played a vital role for the circulation of currency on the ground. Tourism suffered a severe blow and it resulted in economic crises in entire Kashmir especially in Srinagar city.
Now there is talk of easing the curbs and trying to revive tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. In the present circumstances it seems very difficult that this sector in Kashmir valley can be revived with no arrival of tourists.
Due to the coronavirus scare in the entire world, the tourism sector has been hit badly but Kashmir has seen no tourism for a complete one year now.