Government in the latest parliament session has admitted that there has been a decline in the arrival of tourists in Kashmir valley post abrogation of article 370 on August 5, 2019.
Presenting the figures, the government said that only 84000 tourists have visited Kashmir in the past 18 months, showing how poor is the footfall of the tourists here.
After the August 5, 2019, decisions Union Home Ministry put the entire J&K under curfew and asked tourists to leave Kashmir within 24 hours. A massive clampdown was launched during which all the political leaders and party activists were arrested.
Among those who were detained included former chief ministers, cabinet ministers, lawmakers and many prominent traders and leaders of various social organizations.
The impact was visible and heavy on the tourist industry and it was virtually crippled by this clampdown. When the government started easing the restrictions in Kashmir valley the government refused to lift the curbs on 4G internet services and it was another set back to the tourist industry to revive itself.
The last nail in the coffin was when the authorities started another lockdown in Kashmir valley in the month of March 2020, in order to stop the spread of covid-19 virus.