J&K to develop Bangus valley as eco-tourism spot

The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has chalked out an ambitious Rs 6.99 crore plan to develop Bangus Valley as a biosphere tourist destination and also to maintain its ecological balance and natural beauty. As part of the project the government released Rs 2.34 crore in the first phase to develop basic infrastructure around the valley.

Jammu: The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has chalked out an ambitious Rs 6.99 crore plan to develop Bangus Valley as a biosphere tourist destination and also to maintain its ecological balance and natural beauty.

As part of the project the government released Rs 2.34 crore in the first phase to develop basic infrastructure around the valley.

Sources said that a comprehensive project worth Rs 4.77 crore has also been formulated for the second phase of the project.

There would be no construction within the 300 Sq. kms of the Bungus Valley. Tracking paths would be constructed from Wader Bala via Zachaldara side and Nildoori via Nowgam Langate side. Foot bridges would also be constructed on this track.

The valley has great potential for becoming Asia's biggest golf course spreading around 300 sq km, a state Tourist Department official said.

The valley is surrounded by Jawar and Mawar in east, Shamusbarry and Daglungun mountains in the Chokibal and Karnah galli in the north and Leepa mountains in the west.

The work on first phase of the project began with laying the foundation stone of a tourist guest house at Chandigam Sogam, being constructed at a cost of Rs. 98 lakhs. In second phase dormitories, camping sites and other infrastructures would be developed in for adventure tourism.

J&K government has launched an ambitious project of tourism development in the state and identification of new scenic spots like Bungus is a paart of it, official said.

State government has accorded top priority to development of Bungus Valley so that it becomes a permanent fixture on the tourism map of the state. Officials say that efforts would be made to provide better road connectivity to the Bungus Valley as well as creation of tourism related infrastructure.


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