Jammu, Aug 7: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today visited Indo-Pak international border at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh area and reviewed the pace of developmental and facilitation works being carried out to make the place an acclaimed attraction for border tourism.
Mufti during her visit reviewed component wise the execution of the R 4.92 crore projects to give border tourism in the area a boost.
She was informed that a multipurpose hall with souvenir shops and cafeteria is being constructed at a cost of s 90 lacs and is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
The Chief Minister was also informed that the pre independence Railway platform is being restored and developed in Frontier Express theme and museum form.
The project is expected to cost Rs 1.50 crore and shall be completed by early 2019.
This feature is expected to add heritage and historic value to the place and enhance tourist footfall by a great measure.
Among other facilities being added at the place include a tourist parking lot costing Rs 60 lakhs, rain water harvesting project, landscaping and plantation project costing Rs 1.35 crore to be completed by early 2019.
She directed the Tourism Department and other related agencies to complete the works within schedule so that with these facilities more tourists are persuaded to visit the place.
The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr M K Bhandari informed the Chief Minister that road network from R S Pura to Suchetgarh is being further improved by BRO at a cost of Rs 20 crore which would minimize the time of travel to the place and also make the road much more comfortable.
The Chief Minister directed the divisional administration to explore the possibilities of starting ceremonial parade at the zero point so that the place attracts tourists like at Wagah-Attari point.
She also interacted with the villagers on the way while people brought their day to day issues into her notice.
She issued on spot directions for the redressal of the same.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the historic Raghunath Bazaar here to inspect the pace of conservation and beautification works.
She was received warmly by the members of trade associations and shopkeepers who thanked her for restoring the glory of this historic market.
So far Rs 5. 19 crore have been incurred on developing and restoring various heritage facets on the two sides of the market.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the historic Raghunath temple and went round its various sections.
Chairman of the Managing Committee of the temple and former Chief Secretary, B R Kundal briefed the Chief Minister about the history of the temple complex.
The Chief Minister has also directed preservation and conservation of heritage spots and ancient monuments in Jammu city and adjoining areas.
Interacting with the members of a deputation of Jammu Heritage Society who called on her here today, the Chief Minister directed the Tourism Department to pace up conservation works at the Mubarak Mandi complex.
She also directed proper landscaping of the green areas in the complex and taking steps for preparing a souvenir on the said monument. She directed completion of conservation works at the earliest so that a portion of the heritage complex is thrown open for visitors and tourists at the earliest.
Mehbooba Mufti also directed pacing up of work on the Jammu cable car project and installation of musical fountain at the Bagh-e-Bahu. She directed sticking to already laid out completion timeline for the project.