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Safety restrictions have an effect on tourism and commerce at Amarnath Yatra

Vacationer breaks, a whole lot of pickets, truck stops on the nationwide freeway trigger disruptions

Vacationer breaks, a whole lot of pickets, truck stops on the nationwide freeway trigger disruptions

Unprecedented safety restrictions imposed on Amarnath yatra allegedly damage the tourism sector and the motion of agricultural merchandise exterior the Kashmir Valley, prompting protests from stakeholders on Saturday.

The choice of the Anantnag administration to set a deadline of two:00 pm for vacationers to go away essentially the most visited vacationer web site, Pahalgam, and 12:00 am for the close by Aru Valley, has led to the cancellation of scheduled trekking teams.

“About 2,000 vacationers have canceled their plans within the Aru Valley. We managed to entertain solely about 1000 vacationers on different routes. Safety restrictions have affected journey tourism in Pahalgam, which is a trekking paradise. I do not perceive why the Aru Valley not related to yatra there are restrictions on the itinerary,” mentioned Raouf Trambu, journey sports activities advisor at journey companies firm Highland Journeys. Hindu.

Kashmir is experiencing a tourism increase for the primary time since 2019, when the Middle lifted the particular constitutional standing of Jammu and Kashmir. Strict safety measures coupled with cut-off dates for entry of vacationers and yatris to the Valley, nonetheless, casts a shadow on leisure tourism.

The Kashmiris welcomed yatris and vacationers alike since ages. This 12 months, the safety measures have solely exacerbated the issues and brought on big harm to leisure and different segments of tourism,” mentioned Farooq Kuthu, president of the Affiliation of Journey Brokers of Kashmir (TAAK).

Tons of of picket strains arrange throughout the valley have additionally slowed vacationers to their locations, together with Gulmarg. Dozens of vacationers heading to Srinagar from Kargil had been stopped at Sonamarga for touching the valley after a set time on Friday.

“Many vacationers missed their flights due to such stops. Many spent the evening of their automobiles. Such unhealthy recollections for vacationers shall be unhealthy for the way forward for the tourism business,” mentioned Mr Kutu.

TAAK is contemplating not accepting bookings from vacationers to the Valley for the following 40 days till yatra ends August eleventh. “Journey companies exterior of J&Okay stopped promoting Kashmir till mid-August. This has already lowered the vacationer stream. Preferential therapy of Amarnath yatra impacts tourism in Kashmir,” mentioned Mr. Hutu.

In response to a query, Piyush Singla, deputy commissioner of Anantnag, mentioned: “The Aru and Betaab valleys should not closed, however regulated. That is just for the good thing about vacationers and yatriWith.”

In the meantime, gardeners in Sopor in northern Kashmir held a protest on Saturday towards a truck cease on the Srinagar-Jammu Nationwide Freeway, which connects Jammu to the Kashmir Valley and is the principle yatra Highway.

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