Referring to scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage of Bani, minister of state in prime minister's office Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that the Kashmir- centric government has deliberately ignored the development of tourism potential of the Bani areas.
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally in Kathua, Singh left for a series of public meetings at Tapper, Dogani and other areas of the Bani assembly constituency, where he called upon the people to vote for the BJP for ending injustice and discrimination meted out to the region by the successive state governments.
If developed properly, Singh said, Bani can attract large number of tourists from the Kashmir Valley and that is perhaps the reason that the Kashmir-centric governments have always deliberately ignored Bani.
Singh said that he had already mooted a plan for developing the Bani-Himachal tourist circuit, but lack of cooperation from the NC-Congress government has been causing the delay. If the BJP is voted to power in the state, this project can be pursued with speed and seriousness, he added.
Singh said it is a strange contradiction that even as this area is only a few kilometres away from the Pathankot-Kathua railway line, the state government never made a serious bid for a rail link for this area which would have boosted the tourism potential of the area.