Sonmarg, Nov 8: Despite Government assurance of keeping the Sonamarg tourist destination open during winter, the hoteliers are reluctant to take advance bookings from the tourists.
People associated with the hotel and tourism industry say the prospectus are not bright and they don’t think Sonamarg will be thrown open for tourists during winters.
Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya, President of the Hoteliers Club told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that Sonamarg can remain open for tourists during winter on the lines of Gulmarg, provided the administration takes drastic measures. “There are apprehensions and hoteliers are in fact concerned,” he said adding that hotel owners have also announced a 30 percent discount for tourists who will visit Sonamarg in winter. “The ball is in the government’s court and it is the administration that has to ensure this tourist resort remains open.”
Allaying the apprehensions of the hoteliers, both Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal and CEO Sonamarg Development Authority said that every department has been directed to ensure Sonamarg remains open throughout winter.
District Development Commissioner Ganderbal Mr Shyambir told KNT that the administration has already held a meeting in this regard in which responsibilities have also been assigned to the relevant departments.
He said that the tunnel will also be opened on a trial basis from November 15 so that tourists can enjoy the snowy mountains of Sonamarg during winter.
“We will ensure there is uninterrupted power and water supply and snow is cleared from the roads without any delay,” he said.
Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Chief Executive Officer Sonamarg Development Authority said this winter Sonamarg will remain open for tourists and hoteliers need not worry. He said every concerned department is ready is make it possible. (KNT)