Gulmarg in focus
Recently a high level meeting was conducted by the Secretary Tourism regarding the winter preparedness for the tourist footfall at the ski resort of Gulmarg.
He instructed the officers to conduct audits of basic amenities at Gulmarg and rectify gaps in advance. He asked them to hold meetings with hoteliers, Poni wallas, transporters, private players and other concerned stakeholders regarding smooth conduct of winter tourism activities in Gulmarg.
While stressing for exploring every possibility for promoting winter tourism at Gulmarg, the Secretary asked the concerned officers to ensure smooth regulation of traffic movement in the territorial area of Gulmarg besides ensuring the parking facilities at Tangmarg. He directed the concerned officers to ensure uninterrupted water and power supply during the scheduled hours. He also directed the concerned officers to keep men and machinery ready to tackle any kind of exigency that may arise due to heavy snowfall.
He asked the concerned functionaries of NHIDCL and traffic for providing additional recovery van to the venue and further deployment of traffic men in Gulmarg for hassle free conduct of winter activities. He further directed the CEO, Gulmarg Development Authority for making available two hundred pair chains for vehicles for tackling any exigency that may arise during the winter. He reviewed the status of facilities and services available at the local club and other outlets of the JKTDC. He directed for constant monitoring and innovation. He also reviewed the calendar of skiing courses, snow beats being run by the Youth Services Department and IISM and directed close coordination between them and the Tourism Department for optimal results.