J&K’s first tourist village, Zoogu-Khairan inaugurated

The departments shall initiate the process of early redressal.

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New Delhi: The first tourist village ‘Zoogu-Khairan’ in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam was inaugurated on Saturday. District development commissioner (DDC) Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza inaugurated the village and said the area has vast potential to emerge as a new tourist destination.

“This is a big occasion for Zoogu-Kharian Village and its adjacent habitations as this day mark the new beginning of socio-economic upliftment of this area,” he said.

“The area has been brought on a tourism map, which shall go a long way in shaping the future of Zoogu-Kharian,” the development commissioner said, according to the department of information and public relations, Jammu and Kashmir.

“Faith and efforts together made this day possible, the public of this area will see the difference in the near future,” he said.

Speaker further, the DDC said, “To materialise this, cooperation, sincerity, attitude, hospitality, honesty, and strong commitment is very much required in changing the whole socio-economic dimension and diversity of this area.”

He also urged the local youth to grab the golden chance and utilize this opportunity in boosting the footfall of tourists in the area.

“Your responsibility will be to form and establish local youth clubs, the government is committed to supporting you,” Mirza said.

“Each youth club will be given the support of ₹10 lakh, of which ₹5 lakh will be provided by the government,” the commissioner said.

He explained that this money shall be used to create requisite infrastructure in chosen destinations where facilities are required for a tourist to stay for the night.

The departments shall initiate the process of early redressal. However, some big issues are there which may require some time and documentary process to address them also on a fast track basis, the DC said.

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