Fifth YDA meet held Hon’ble Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather for developing Yusmarg as adventure Tourism Hub

The Government today decided to set up a state- of- the- art Spiritual Museum near revered shrine of Hazrat- e- Sheikh Noor- ud- Din Wali ( RA) at Charar- e- Sharief. The concerned authorities of Yusmarg Development Authority and Tourism Department were asked to initiate measures for this purpose at an earliest. The decision to this effect was taken at the 5th meeting of Yusmarg Development Authority (YDA) on 4th September 2013, convenient here to approve current year’s works plan and review on- going Tourism Development Works at the world famous tourist destination of Yusmarg.The Minister for Tourism, Glulam Ahmad Mir chaired the meeting where as the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather who is MLA of Charar- e- Sharief was also present in the meeting. The meeting also decided to develop Kanidajan and Nagbal- two villages adjacent to Yusmarg as tourist villages.In this direction, the authority members directed to convert 10 houses each as guest houses in these villages, for the purpose the Government would provide subsidies to the house holders. The meeting was informed that Centre has approved Rs. 3.97 crore for construction of a modern TRC at world famous destination Yusmarg. Another two mega tourism development projects worth Rs. 9.90 crore for development and providing added tourism related infrastructure to Yusmarg as a major adventure tourism attraction are in pipeline.The Master Plan for Yusmarg Development Authority, which has recently being approved by the State Cabinet also come up for discussion. The meeting also approved current year’s Action Plan of Rs. 2 crore and directed the concerned authorities to ensure time- bound completion of all on- going tourism related works being executed under the authority. On this occasion, a power point presentation on various programmes and tourism developmental activities under execution at Yusmarg was also presented by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ghalib Mohi-ud-Din Shah. Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Finance Minister urged for developing Yusmarg as a major hub of adventure tourist activities, adding that this beautiful resort is surrounded by unique and natural green- lush fresh meadows like Bargah, Drugdolan etc. He also urged to work for the proposed Gandola project from Yusmarg to Nilnag and Yusmarg to Bargah, adding that this facility would give big boost to tourism promotion activities in the area.Hon’ble Finance Minister asked for opening more trekking routes up to meadows surrounding Yusmarg and urged for expediting work on construction of Gandola from Yusmarg to Nilnag and Bargah as a long term and chair lift as a short term tourism attraction measures.The Tourism Minister urged for strict adherence to the Master Plan. He asked to check the violations, saying that un- planned growth will spoil the picturesque essence of this tourist destination which is considered a great source of mental peace and recreation to the visitors, as the  place is yet free from concrete structures.