MLC Shehnaz Ganai has directed officials to preserve aesthetic features of the historical Poonch fort in the ongoing restoration work.
Poonch has vast tourism potential, which needs to be tapped to bring it on the tourism map of the state, she said while inspecting the restoration work along with officials of the Poonch Development Authority on Thursday.
Ganai said government is focussing on developing new tourist destinations and Poonch has many places, which are of immense tourism value.
She added that to cater to tourists, infrastructure needs to be developed and efforts should be made to convert houses into guest houses, which will give employment to locals.
The MLC directed officials to prepare a comprehensive plan for tourism development in the area.