With an aim to exploit the tourism potential of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to develop 20 villages as tourist hubs.
Each tourist village will get a grant of Rs 70 lakh for basic infrastructure including awareness activities and provision of software facilities to the locals, Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora said yesterday.
While reviewing the pace of tourism related work, he informed that the work on 11 villages at a total cost of Rs 7.70 crore was in full swing and over Rs 2.69 crore have been incurred so far on their development.
"Work in six villages in Kashmir and five in Jammu has been taken up, of which the development of tourist village in Mansbalh has been completed, while the work in Akingam is near completion," he said.
Besides, the work on developing Watlab, Sharshali, Narang and Wasaknag as tourist villages is in process.
"In Jammu, the development work of tourist villages in Jhiri and Surinsar have been completed and that in Agarjito village is in progress whereas the development work of tourist village at Marwasi Karool has been allotted," he added.
He also asked the concerned authorities to formulate a project report for Drass to develop it as a tourist village.