The tourist arrival to Jammu and Kashmir which was on decline due to ongoing general elections in the country, has picked up, Chief Secretary S S Kapur claimed on Sunday. "Though due to election in the country the tourist arrivals have been slightly lower than the previous years, the last few days have shown increased arrivals", Kapur told reporters in Srinagar.
However, he did not provide figures of tourist arrivals but said government was following a "systemic approach" for the promotion of tourism in the state which has yielded results and trade enquiries are coming from a number of areas.
Kapur said a high-level official team headed by Secretary Tourism is going to Jaipur to attend an interactive meet for boosting tourism in the State.
The Chief Secretary said, Kashmir rail, four-lanning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Mughal Road are the projects which can provide critical infrastructure base for the tourism industry in future.
Stating that State government wanted an early-completion of Qazigund-Udhampur rail link, Kapur said the government has also requested the Centre to consider the Mughal Road project on cent percent funding on the pattern of Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan projects.